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August 03, 2008 – Comments (5)

In googles array of products they have included the ability to bookmark web pages of interest to you so you can find them on whatever computer you are on.

Now, if they actually had a link to your bookmarks somewhere in the array of google products that would helpful...

Everytime Firefox updates their browser they reset all of my personalizations, including the link for the bookmarks.  It took me a long time to find it again last time and this time I am simply not finding it this time.

There was a moron in charge when this one was being designed...

http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/

I hate google...

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#1) On August 04, 2008 at 12:02 AM, StockSpreadsheet (69.03) wrote:

That's weird because if often use Firefox and it does not delete my bookmarks when it updates itself.  Did you add the link to the Google page to your favorites?  You can also make a backup of your favorites.  Just copy the bookmarks file to another location on your computer.  Firefox often won't import the saved file, but it will often treat it like a webpage that you could then use to navigate to your desired destination and reload it into your favorites again. 

Another tactic you can use is to either copy all your Firefox bookmarks into IE, (there is a wizard you can use to do it painlessly), and then you could reimport them back into Firefox, (using the Firefox wizard just like you previously used the IE wizard).  Or you could import the bookmarks into Flock, which is an OK browser, (the new version of the Netscape browsers).  Either one of those would give you a backup for the next time Firefox loses your links.  I would not surf with IE as I think there are too many bugs and security holes, but it is fine to use just as a way to save bookmarks.  Just set IE to never update so you don't lose your data from there and you shouldn't have any problems.

Sorry to hear about your loss.  Just out of curiosity, did you send a message to Google suggesting that they set up a link to their Bookmarks product?  Maybe there is one and it is just hidden.  (I have often found this true for various sites, like Microsoft.  It might not actually be considered hidden, it is just not in a place that I think it should logically be and is often in a place where I can't understand their logic on why they put it there.)

Good luck finding your bookmarks.  I hope you are able to recover them.

Craig 

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#2) On August 04, 2008 at 12:39 AM, DemonDoug (32.31) wrote:

Why exactly do you hate google?

I use foxmarks, I don't even mess with google bookmarks.

Google is the best search engine on the planet.  They are the fastest, easiest, and most relevant.  Their email program is pretty good too, although I prefer yahoo classic.

So, I use yahoo mail, foxmarks, and yet I don't hate google, as I use them for virtually all of my searches.  Google in fact is better searching websites than most sites' own search thing that they usually have.

So why again do you hate google?

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#3) On August 04, 2008 at 1:06 AM, mindmuse (34.47) wrote:

DDoug and I seem to do exactly the same thing (except I use the new YahooMail).

I've been very pleased with the foxmarks program, which is available as an add-on program to Foxfire (Tools/Add-ons). The developer(s?) tend to keep it updated very quickly with the Foxfire updates. You will need to install it on each computer you use, but it quick and easy.

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#4) On August 04, 2008 at 8:45 AM, sarcaz (< 20) wrote:

Google Bookmarks certainly lags behind the competition (del.icio.us, etc). There is an easy-to-remember location at http://www.google.com/bookmarks/, but I agree it should be linkified.

The best Google has to offer is Search, GMail, and Google Reader.  Google Reader is a news reader for your favorite RSS feeds, and you can also share your favorite articles with your friends on your own "Google Reader Shared Items" web address which is pretty cool.

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#5) On August 04, 2008 at 11:53 AM, dwot (45.74) wrote:

Craig, when I updated firefox it got rid of all my customizations, which had a link to the google bookmarks.  That seems to happen everytime you up date it and then it is such a pain to get the settings back to where you want them.  I am really choke that it has messed with my adblock.  I am in Vancouver right now, but up north I get charged $60/gbyte and all the crap they stick in web pages steals a fortune... 

I may try the foxmarks.  Twice I've set up menus for book marks as well and they are gone.

sarcaz, I eventually found it, but I am also looking for something less frustrating.  I do like their reader and I use the shared items...


Doug, every trying getting a message to Google for a simple fix to a problem?  You spend your life going through their menus and being redirected, totally circular.  I like some of their products, but they really do set things up to make it is extremely difficult at time.

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