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Bookmark Synchronizer Xmarks Hangs Up Their Hats

CmdrTaco posted about 4 years ago | from the marked-for-death dept.

The Internet 225

krulgar writes "On January 10, 2011, Xmarks will be closing their doors. A free service being replaced by free software. It would still be nice to have a single way to keep my bookmarks from my work machine in sync with my home machines and my mobile devices without exerting much effort. Xmarks seemed to be the only ones with that clear vision, maybe the replacement tools can grow into this space, but it's still a little sad to see a useful tool wave goodbye."

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Hey, krulgar- (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724200)

Did you ever consider giving them some fucking money for that service?

Re:Hey, krulgar- (1)

neiltrodden (981196) | about 4 years ago | (#33724324)

Did you ever consider giving them some fucking money for that service?

Did they ever consider charging for it?

Re:Hey, krulgar- (1)

jgagnon (1663075) | about 4 years ago | (#33724554)

This is why you hand out cash to random people... in the hopes that you will help a future beggar.

Re:Hey, krulgar- (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724634)

Did you ever consider your name isn't krulgar?

Another project dies off... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724266)

And nothing of value was lost.

Re:Another project dies off... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724898)

Except to all the people who used it, like me.

Fare Thee Well... (1)

tangelogee (1486597) | about 4 years ago | (#33724268)

I for one will definitely miss the cross-platform availability of xmarks.

Re:Fare Thee Well... (4, Interesting)

synthparadox (770735) | about 4 years ago | (#33724600)

I agree. The alternatives there provide sync across computers but only for the same browser. I use both Chrome and Firefox extensively and I will greatly miss the ability for (fo)Xmarks to sync my bookmarks, passwords and tabs across all my browsers, regardless of whether its Chrome/Firefox.

For now, I'm using Firefox sync as my primary syncing mechanism and importing into Chrome whenever I update something in Firefox. Its somewhat annoying, but I guess I'll deal. Maybe I'll switch back to using primarily Firefox.

Re:Fare Thee Well... (0, Redundant)

sunking2 (521698) | about 4 years ago | (#33724614)

But not enough to give them money.

Re:Fare Thee Well... (1)

tangelogee (1486597) | about 4 years ago | (#33724676)

But not enough to give them money.

I would have gladly given them money. There is, however, no easy way to do this from their site.

Re:Fare Thee Well... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33725204)

Try SyncPlaces

Re:Fare Thee Well... (1)

danieltdp (1287734) | about 4 years ago | (#33725622)

As far as I know, there is no version for chrome

Overkill? (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 4 years ago | (#33724294)

Seems like an external server would be overkill for such a simple task. And think of the opportunities they for data mining. Xmarks can and should be replaced by a very small shell script.

Re:Overkill? (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 4 years ago | (#33724918)

Seems like an external server would be overkill for such a simple task. And think of the opportunities they for data mining. Xmarks can and should be replaced by a very small shell script.

A couple disparate thoughts...

- At least on Firefox, you could use your own server for XMarks synch storage. I haven't used XMarks in a while; but if this option is still available, then it should keep working for you - as long as the existing plugin works with future iterations of Firefox.

- At least on Firefox, your bookmarks are no longer saved as a simple file. As such, a "very small shell script" would not do the same job. At the least, you'll have to learn how to script sqlite in order to do this - and that's just to support Firefox. I'm a bit surprised someone who knows how to write a shell script apparently doesn't realize that different browsers handle bookmarks differently.

Re:Overkill? (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 4 years ago | (#33725060)

I actually don't use bookmarks. Last I checked they were just stored in a simple HTML file. But, that shouldn't pose a problem. You can script sqlite from the command line. Still no reason to go full client/server.

Re:Overkill? (4, Informative)

oneplus999 (907816) | about 4 years ago | (#33725228)

At least on Firefox, your bookmarks are no longer saved as a simple file. As such, a "very small shell script" would not do the same job.

go to about:config, change browser.bookmarks.autoExportHTML to true.

Re:Overkill? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724958)

How does that help if the shell script is at home and I want to synchronize bookmarks at work?

Re:Overkill? (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 4 years ago | (#33725104)

That's what SSH is for. You act like people never ran shell scripts remotely before.

Re:Overkill? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33725290)

Because everyone has access to a shell. You're still essentially running a client/server model if you're doing that, except you're just serving the capability of running the script remotely. Might as well run an FTP

Re:Overkill? (5, Funny)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | about 4 years ago | (#33725176)

think of the opportunities they for data mining.

Someday when I grow up I want to be fucking evil like you.

I LOVED this tool (1)

_PimpDaddy7_ (415866) | about 4 years ago | (#33724300)

I REALLY loved Xmarks. It was so convenient across my 3 computers.

Was it freeware or did they ask for a donation? I never saw any messages about donating but if I knew they were in trouble I would have give some money. This stinks. Hopefully someone will take over.

This should be a feature built into every web browser anyways. Doesn't Chrome have this built in?

Re:I LOVED this tool (2, Informative)

Jaysyn (203771) | about 4 years ago | (#33724450)

Yeah, non-cross browser replacements are listed on the Xmarks website. I've already replaced it with Firefox Sync on two of my PCs..

Re:I LOVED this tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33725054)

Yeah. Yeah. Yes. No. Me either. Me too. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Not sure.

Re:I LOVED this tool (1)

rwven (663186) | about 4 years ago | (#33725370)

Truly a tragedy. I've been a huge proponent of Xmarks for a while now, and I was anxiously awaiting their android release :-/

Re:I LOVED this tool (1)

Martz (861209) | about 4 years ago | (#33725522)

Don't forget to delete your Xmarks account by logging into the website and choosing My Account > Delete Account.

I removed the xmarks extension from my browsers, and then wondered what would happen to my data. I can only assume it's gone now.

In this day and age it's easy to litter the 'net with personal information.

Delicious (3, Insightful)

snookerhog (1835110) | about 4 years ago | (#33724308)

delicious.com solved this for me a long time ago.

What did Xmarks do that delicious does not?

Re:Delicious (1)

Snowblindeye (1085701) | about 4 years ago | (#33724468)

delicious.com solved this for me a long time ago.

What did Xmarks do that delicious does not?

I'm not familiar with the details of delicious.com, but Xmarks syncs your bookmarks, history, open tabs and passwords across multiple browsers. I find the password sync in particular to be invaluable, but you can disable each of the four options depending on your preference. I'll miss them.

Re:Delicious (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724564)

For one, Xmarks synchronizes not just bookmarks. They synchronized passwords, history and tabs too, if the user enabled such options. If you are as paranoid about privacy as must /. users, you could use your own server.

But it doesn't matter. Firefox Sync is built in to Firefox 4, and it does all that too.

Re:Delicious (1)

jbarr (2233) | about 4 years ago | (#33725218)

For me, Firefox Sync (formerly Weave) is a completely viable solution. But one thing that Xmarks has that Firefox Sync does not offer is Web-based access to the saved bookmarks. Just last night, I was at a relative's house, and used Xmarks' Web site to go to a link I had saved. I'm sure Firefox Sync could implement the same at some point, but with that minor exception, Firefox Sync performs just as well as Xmarks.

Re:Delicious (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 4 years ago | (#33724796)

delicious.com solved this for me a long time ago.

What did Xmarks do that delicious does not?

Having to go to a particular web site to find a link is not nearly the same thing as synching your bookmarks across computers.

Re:Delicious (1)

kikito (971480) | about 4 years ago | (#33724846)

It has plugins for all major browsers. You don't have to go to any site.

Hmmm (1)

RM6f9 (825298) | about 4 years ago | (#33724328)

Might be an opportunity for a micro-payment level subscription service here...

Re:Hmmm (1)

vlm (69642) | about 4 years ago | (#33724786)

Might be an opportunity for a micro-payment level subscription service here...

I can't read their minds nor speak for them, but I always figured their business plan revolved around the only thing more important / monetizable than what people search for, is what people find and decide to keep.

Probably the synergy of their bookmark data with a search engine would have been great. As an example, I've bookmarked "the next hope" (NYC 2600 conference, etc etc) so that URL is probably the most relevant answer to a search of the words "the next hope".

My guess is their game plan was to find a search engine with some bucks and sell out. Once everyone says no thanks, may as well pull the plug and try the next startup idea.

Sad day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724330)

I've been using them since I started using firefox only and wanted to be able to have the same bookmarks no matter what computer I was logged onto at school. They've provided a great service for years - I'll miss them.

Try Opera (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724336)

"It would still be nice to have a single way to keep my bookmarks from my work machine in sync with my home machines and my mobile devices without exerting much effort."

Try Opera...

Re:Try Opera (0, Flamebait)

doroshjt (1044472) | about 4 years ago | (#33724408)

or chrome

Re:Try Opera (2, Informative)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 4 years ago | (#33724814)

"It would still be nice to have a single way to keep my bookmarks from my work machine in sync with my home machines and my mobile devices without exerting much effort."

Try Opera...

Pity he was snide in his post, he does have a point. Opera has had this as an integrated feature for years. It also synchronizes your speed-dial and and your 'notes', which are like bookmarks but are organized by the section of text you highlight. Very handy. I especially like this feature for keeping useful snippets of Python around.

Eh, good riddance (0)

IICV (652597) | about 4 years ago | (#33724344)

I used Xmarks for a little while, but their client was way way too intrusive; I ended up turning it off because I just didn't like its nagging (I think it had saved the wrong password or something).

Also, I never understood why my data had to go through their servers - wouldn't it be good enough to just have multiple syncing computers on at the same time? I can see using their servers for scheduling, but actually storing the data? And then there's the super creepy option of saving your passwords - I'm not even sure why they offered that one.

Re:Eh, good riddance (2, Insightful)

LikwidCirkel (1542097) | about 4 years ago | (#33724478)

I remember when they changed from "Foxmarks" to "Xmarks" and introduced password sync. They actually asked for input on whether users would actually use the password sync feature. I responded, essentially by telling they they're out of their fscking minds to offer such a sketchy feature, and no, I would not be using it.

Re:Eh, good riddance (1)

SirGeek (120712) | about 4 years ago | (#33724818)

That's my biggest gripe. I'm a geek and I can setup my 0wn "server". I don't trust ANYONE with my browser history, passwords, etc. (How much data mining did they do on what was saved and will that be getting sold off after they "close" ?)

Re:Eh, good riddance (1)

oneplus999 (907816) | about 4 years ago | (#33725322)

what was saved and will that be getting sold off after they "close" ?)

I've been using their service for a while, including password saves on pretty much everything but banking sites (so email, amazon, newegg, etc) with no issues. From one of their pages on the closing, http://www.xmarks.com/about/shutdown [xmarks.com] :

Privacy and Your Data We understand that you have entrusted us with the task of storing your personal browser data and we take that responsibility very seriously. * We will never sell or release your personal data, and we will make sure to delete all user data once the Xmarks service shuts down. * If you'd like to take immediate action, click here to immediately delete your account and user data. (Make sure you have all your data first!)

Re:Eh, good riddance (1)

Rallion (711805) | about 4 years ago | (#33724912)

It would be a lot more complicated to have a system without a central server. It wouldn't work for everybody, for one thing, because they would always need to have some combination of systems up. If you only have two, one would always have to be up when the other was activated. A central server pretty much eliminates the problem of ISP outages (because you aren't using your bookmarks if the internet is out). You would need to have firewalls open and ports forwarded to allow for direct transfers between computers.

When you consider all of that, storing things server-side is really the best way to make it usable by a large number of people.

Also, keeping the stuff server-side allows you to use the service as a zero-effort backup, which I've found handy in the past.

Opera (0, Redundant)

Smivs (1197859) | about 4 years ago | (#33724354)

Opera lets you sync your bookmarks.

Re:Opera (3, Informative)

tangelogee (1486597) | about 4 years ago | (#33724404)

Opera lets you sync your bookmarks.

Each of the browsers (sans IE I believe) have their own syncing. The real benefit to xmarks was being able to sync across all the browsers.

Re:Opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724704)

IE bookmarks can automatically be synced with Windows Live Sync (beta).

Re:Opera (3, Informative)

tangelogee (1486597) | about 4 years ago | (#33724746)

IE bookmarks can automatically be synced with Windows Live Sync (beta).

I stand corrected. However, the main point still stands. None of these will sync to another browser.

Re:Opera (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 4 years ago | (#33725212)

I stand corrected. However, the main point still stands. None of these will sync to another browser.

What kind of situation calls for this?

(I'm not asking to argue, I'm curious if I'm likely to ever encounter it...)

Re:Opera (1)

jjohnson (62583) | about 4 years ago | (#33725366)

I use firefox and chrome on my PC, and firefox and safari on mac. I also test in ie. When you use multiple browsers, it's convenient to have the usual bookmarks available on them.

Re:Opera (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 4 years ago | (#33725460)

Outside of web-testing have you encountered it? Like a workplace that only allows certain browsers?

Re:Opera (1)

tangelogee (1486597) | about 4 years ago | (#33725486)

Exactly. Also, some browsers do some things better than others.

I admit, most of the time I use Firefox, but there are some occasions to use other browsers depending on the machine you are using.

Also, it was nice to have the option to go to the xmarks site, for those times I am at a site for a few minutes, and need a link I found last week.

NOOOOOO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724374)

i used this on like 5 computers... DAMNIT

Really useful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724376)

If you can't write an online bookmark system in an afternoon, hand in your geek card and GTFO!

Re:Really useful? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724550)

I suppose I could write my own bookmark system. I suppose I could also cut my own grass. But I have other geek things I'd rather be doing, so that's what I pay Mexicans for.

Re:Really useful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724668)

Insightful and insulting at the same time! Congratulations!

Re:Really useful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724944)

If you can't write an online bookmark system in an afternoon, hand in your geek card and GTFO!

You use the word geek but I do not think it means what you think it means.

Case In Point for the slow: Geek != Programming nerd.

This Really Sucks (4, Insightful)

ElusiveMind (1714020) | about 4 years ago | (#33724392)

I've been using Xmarks since they were Foxmarks and it's the only tool out there that syncs multiple browsers. It's really handy when you have a folder full of client URL's and you need to check them on multiple browsers and operating systems. I'd gladly have paid for the service - but they never asked or proposed it. Sure some people would have balked and left, but those that stayed could have supported your business. I refuse to give my bookmark data to Google and I really just don't trust anyone else that is associated with a search engine or browser developer.

Re:This Really Sucks (1)

vlm (69642) | about 4 years ago | (#33724644)

I'd gladly have paid for the service - but they never asked or proposed it.

They had a 99 cent ipod app that worked quite well.

Re:This Really Sucks (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33725576)

> I've been using Xmarks since they were Foxmarks ...
> I refuse to give my bookmark data to Google

You already give your bookmark data to google. XMarks switched to using googleapis and their database (and requiring javascript execution of code from googleapis on your machine) in V3.7. Check out their forum where users who noticed (NoScript and RequestPolicy users mainly) went through the roof. I immediately rolled back the version we used to 3.6.x, which does not run code or store data on f-ing google nor does it require you to execute google javascript. I hardly liked the idea of foxmarks/xmarks having (and using for their ratings and suggestions aggregation) my bookmark data in the first place, and I sure the hell never turned on their password sync, but it was convenient for syncing bookmarks across the dozen or so machines I use. Now that FF4 has sync built in, good riddance. Their attempt to move my surfing habits off to the google cloud was the last straw for me anyway. Again, good riddance.

Gmarks (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724418)

Gmarks [mozilla.org] for Firefox lets you sync your google bookmarks! It's awesome! 'nuff said.

Re:Gmarks (1)

HangingChad (677530) | about 4 years ago | (#33725428)

I'd be lost without Gmarks. As often as I rebuild computers and try different operating systems, I used to forget to backup my bookmark files all the time.

Usually remembered in the middle of the partition editor. D'oh!

Use Chrome (1, Informative)

Tuan121 (1715852) | about 4 years ago | (#33724448)

Tools->Options->Personal Stuff->Sync

Enter your gmail account, choose if you want bookmarks, preferences, extensions etc.

All done. Works.

/queue omggoogleknowsmybookmarks crowd

Re:Use Chrome (3, Informative)

ElusiveMind (1714020) | about 4 years ago | (#33724608)

Yeah - but the beauty of Xmarks is it synced Chrome, Firefox, MSIE and Safari with one central repository of bookmarks. Now I have to keep four separate ones... one for each browser. For people like me who have to use and check my work on all browsers it was a major time saver when you have several hundred client bookmarks.

Firefox Sync (2, Informative)

Lennie (16154) | about 4 years ago | (#33724480)

You could also use Firefox Sync. It used to be called, Mozilla Weave and was an add-on, which will not be included in Firefox 4 proper.

With Xmarks, they would be able to read your bookmarks, etc. With Firefox Sync everything that is stored/transfered is encrypted.

It is even possible to setup your own 'server', have a look for "Weave Minimal Server", so you don't have to depend on Mozilla or anyone else.

Re:Firefox Sync (1)

vlm (69642) | about 4 years ago | (#33724828)

It used to be called, Mozilla Weave and was an add-on, which will now be included in Firefox 4 proper.

Changed your "not" to "now".

As per

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/sync/ [mozilla.com]

Re:Firefox Sync (1)

Lennie (16154) | about 4 years ago | (#33724978)

Thanks, that was a typo. :-)

Silly me.

Re:Firefox Sync (1)

Jethro (14165) | about 4 years ago | (#33725558)

I really like Firefox Sync. Been using it since it was Weave (not that long ago...) and on my own server. I wish Chrome would support it. Also that when Fennec comes out for real it'll let you use your own servers!

Gmarks (1)

c (8461) | about 4 years ago | (#33724514)

I use Gmarks (Firefox extension) for this. Works pretty well if you don't mind the combination of Firefox and Google.

Thanks guys (5, Insightful)

Daetrin (576516) | about 4 years ago | (#33724538)

It's sad that they've reached the point of having to shut down, but i've got to say that at least they've handled the situation with a lot of class. They're giving their users several months warning rather than just shutting down the servers overnight, and when they did market research that indicated there wouldn't be enough demand for a subscription version to sustain them they just decided not to offer one and shut down gracefully. As opposed to what seems to be the more common tactic of convincing their biggest supporters to hand over money for a little while and then having to shut down anyways, and then figure out how to do refunds or just tell everyone to go suck it.

Next time start a business _and_ ask to be paid... (2, Insightful)

bhlowe (1803290) | about 4 years ago | (#33724586)

Why didn't the developers ask to be paid for their service? I love their toolbar and bookmark synching and would gladly pay a yearly fee for it.. $10/$15 year seems fair. :)

Re:Next time start a business _and_ ask to be paid (1)

davev2.0 (1873518) | about 4 years ago | (#33725010)

Silly human, people would never have used it if they had to PAY for it because it is on the web. Everyone know that everything on the web is free or should be free.

GREEDY BASTARDS !! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724590)

Goddammit always the fucking greedy bastards want to make money on the internet !! If you want to make money go on tour, sell t-shirts, or do parties !! This is just more shit from all the fucking greedy bastards !!

Other options (1)

Lord Cronos (1398015) | about 4 years ago | (#33724610)

There are always other options for what you need done. It's one of the reasons that the internet so great and it's also why a service like Xmarks can shut down with very little inconvenience for its users.

Easy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724622)

Open Gmail.

Start new message.

Paste in links.

Save as Draft.

Open and update from home or work.

I don't get it... (1)

Ecuador (740021) | about 4 years ago | (#33724626)

You guys use a service to sync your bookmarks? I thought the slashdot crowd had privacy concerns over such stuff. Especially when the manual sync is just an scp command away...
Personally, I have a different set of bookmarks at work than at home and the only time I would sync (via the aforementioned scp command) would be after setting up a new machine. But the last couple of years or so I have stopped copying over my old bookmarks to new machines. My favorite sites come up by typing the first couple of characters and I bookmark only the few pages I need that don't come up in the first page of google results, which I usually won't need any longer by the time I switch to a new machine (ok, they still stay in a backup somewhere)...

Re:I don't get it... (1)

ViViDboarder (1473973) | about 4 years ago | (#33724756)

I would use a shell script, but I also have Windows computers to use. Is there a good ftp/sftp Windows command line tool that I can script?

Re:I don't get it... (2, Informative)

straponego (521991) | about 4 years ago | (#33724916)

Last I checked Cygwin was pretty good. Far better than putty/pscp.

Re:I don't get it... (1)

zizzo (86200) | about 4 years ago | (#33724938)

Here's the deal:

I have 4 computers at home, running windows and MacOSX. I have 1 at work running Windows. Many of these dual boot and run Linux. Two of them have VMs running guest OSes. All of them have multiple browsers; some combination of IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. I use all of them, not because I'm crazy but because the "best" browser changes every 6 months. XMarks managed to keep my bookmarks synced across all these browsers and all these OSes. And it did it painlessly.

I'm not sure why everyone thinks I should "man" up and write my own. I didn't write my own browser, OS, GUI, etc. A fool makes new tools when existing ones are already on the workbench.

Re:I don't get it... (1)

lattyware (934246) | about 4 years ago | (#33725230)

What about if his tool falls off the workbench and breaks?

They never figured out Step 2. (1)

daivzhavue (176962) | about 4 years ago | (#33724696)

Step 2 ?????

That's the problem here.

Re:They never figured out Step 2. (1)

cdoggyd (1118901) | about 4 years ago | (#33724780)

Step 1: Sync bookmarks across browsers and platforms.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit!

Tip of the hat to the underpants gnomes.

Will sync to own server still work??? (1)

wondercool (460316) | about 4 years ago | (#33724722)

For me the killing feature is to sync to your own webdav or ftp server. I don't like to hand over all my personal stuff to Google or any other and use BYO server functionality.

So will that still work?

Re:Will sync to own server still work??? (1)

ElusiveMind (1714020) | about 4 years ago | (#33724810)

Wow... I hadn't even thought of this. The only problem is the widgets will not get updated as new versions of browsers come out. Unless we could convince them to open source the widget code.

Re:Will sync to own server still work??? (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 4 years ago | (#33724812)

Unless they intend to break it, I think it should still work fine; since it works without an internet connection and all, right...?

Re:Will sync to own server still work??? (1)

wondercool (460316) | about 4 years ago | (#33724868)

No, it needs an internet connection. LAN would work as well. It's a very nice feature

Re:Will sync to own server still work??? (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 4 years ago | (#33725434)

Um.. you just said 'needs an internet connection' and then 'LAN would work as well'.

So which is it?

Obviously it's possible to have no internet connection and still have a LAN.

Usually this situation can easily be created by logging into the local router and shutting down power to the WAN port, or physically unplugging the cable.

Re:Will sync to own server still work??? (1)

number17 (952777) | about 4 years ago | (#33724876)

I will assume that it will still work. You could test it out by blocking them in your hosts file. The problem I have is that development for new browsers will stop. You can always edit the install.rdf file to make it compatible but that might lead to instability.

just use Opera ? (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | about 4 years ago | (#33724792)

they synch nicely

Re:just use Opera ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724974)

Unfortunately, Opera's sync service does not work reliably. When I tried to use it to keep three computers in sync, Opera's sync would miss new bookmarks, or would resurrect bookmarks I had long since deleted.

I use del.icio.us (1)

kikito (971480) | about 4 years ago | (#33724834)

And I also use it for other things, like sending links to friends.

Solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33724842)

Xmarks can be configured to use a local FTP server instead of the Xmarks server.

Most of the complaints I read are solved by RTFM and better config choices.

Sad to see Xmarks go.

experiance (1)

helix2301 (1105613) | about 4 years ago | (#33724928)

I am really upset see this go I been using this for the last few years such a great service. I hope all the workers and owners find jobs at Mozilla, Opera or Google there experience will be a big benefit to there products.

hook up Xmarks with apache+webdav (5, Informative)

Pouic (1051024) | about 4 years ago | (#33724936)

If you happen to have your own apache server handy, just setup up a personal server with Xmarks, it works beautifully (over https as well). I'm using this combination for quite some time now, with great satisfaction and independence. As stated above, I also don't want to store my private stuff on third party storage.

Opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33725002)

And this pretty much is one of the key reasons I use Opera.

Syncs perfectly from machine to machine, typed URL history, bookmarks, speed dial setup, search engine preferences (& search engine searches), and notes (though I don't use this).

Oh and it does this to my cellphone too.

Now above isn't much help if you need to use firefox specific addons... But no, scripts still don't count people; Chrome and Opera both run do them natively where firefox requires an addon to do it. (Repeated because too many don't realize this)

Best browser plugin (1)

horza (87255) | about 4 years ago | (#33725118)

Xmarks and Adblock are the two plugins I will instantly install on a new browser (well the latter for Firefox). Simple, reliable, cross-browser, does passwords as well as bookmarks, and over the years have shown they have no intention of misusing my personal information.

A fantastic plugin that has greatly improved my browsing enjoyment. It will be sorely missed.

Phillip.

I'll bet it will become cross-browser. (1)

ccady (569355) | about 4 years ago | (#33725136)

I imagine that some smart people will make Sync plugins for other browsers.

Bookmarks?? (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 4 years ago | (#33725156)

Um

Bookmarks are so passe. I've stopped using Bookmarks because to find something I use Google, and if Google finds something for me, then it can find it again for me. Most of the linked articles off websites are transient or just plain timely (one time) pieces of info. Seriously, I've pretty much stopped using bookmarks and just use Google to find what I need.

And the great thing, it is always available, even on my phone!!!

I don't use cache or password remembering features because that is just plain stupid in today's world of dynamic content and security concerns (Firefox plaintext passwords?? ). This service offered me nothing I need.

Re:Bookmarks?? (1)

tangelogee (1486597) | about 4 years ago | (#33725380)

What if the sites you go to are not at the top of a google search? 2-3 clicks is a whole lot easier than typing in something that would get you to the top of the search.

What if they are an intranet site, not viewable from the outside?

Bookmarks are still a viable method for keeping track of oft-used sites.

Use the source? (1)

zornorph (63846) | about 4 years ago | (#33725338)

Since they are shutting down the company, are they planning on releasing the code under GPL or some other license for others to make use of it?

Too bad (1)

Rix (54095) | about 4 years ago | (#33725628)

Not everything can be monetized, I suppose. I'm certainly not blameless; I disabled their kinda creepy google shenanigans.

Hopefully they'll release the plugin source, if they haven't already, so we can continue with our own servers.

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