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New Chrome Boasts Bookmark Sync and More

Google announced today that the new version of Chrome includes two of the browser’s most frequently requested features: extensions and bookmark sync.

Extensions allows you to add new functions to the browser. Some of them give you one-click access to your favorite applications online, such as Digg and eBay. Others are useful little tweaks that help you perform tasks easier, such as browsing pictures and shopping.

Bookmark sync is a great feature for all of you that use more than one computer. Perhaps you have a laptop at work, and a desktop at home. You can enable your bookmark sync to synchronize all of your bookmarks across all of your computers! When you create a bookmark on one of your machines, it will automagically be added on all of your computers! You won’t need to go searching for a link when you get home at night, or to the office in the morning. They’ll already be there waiting for you!

As of today, the new (stable) release is only available on Windows. If you’re a Mac user, keep your eyes open. Google is working on bringing extensions, bookmark sync and more to the beta soon. Also, all of you Linux users should see extensions already enabled in the beta version.

This is great news, in my opinion. I’m definitely looking forward to making use of the bookmark sync feature! Never again will I lose a bookmark or web page when I use a computer other than my Mac pro!

Are you a Chrome user? If you’ve already used either of these new features, what are your thoughts on them so far? How can using any one browser over another enhance your computer experience? I know we all have our favorites, but I’m curious to know which are yours – and why. What makes you love one over another, when many of the features (and the relative speed) are virtually identical?

How to Improve the Readability of a Web Page for Free


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Boomarklets are awesome. I remember the first time I saw them – I was amazed! You find them on web pages, and you press the button linked to them. They’ll do a variety of things, depending on what they were designed to do. I used to use Internet Explorer, and have now switched to Safari. So, some of the bookmarklets I’ve made over the years no longer work. Certain bookmarklets will only work in certain browsers. The reason I’m bringing this up is that one: they’re actually just awesome. And two, you should always install them when you can, since they do a variety of great things. One I’ve recently found will help improve the readability of web pages.

The Readability Experiment by the folks at the arc90 lab is a browser bookmarklet. Reading anything on the Internet has become a full-on nightmare. As media outlets attempt to eke out as much advertising revenue as possible, we’re left trying to put blinders on to mask away all the insanity that surrounds the content we’re trying to read.

First you configure it: choose your style, including text size and page margin size. Make it look the way you would like, so that you’re more tempted to read it. If you’re on any web page that is annoying you because it wasn’t designed well, you can use it to ‘clean up’ the page. It will remove the unnecessary things you don’t want to see. I went to a post in my blog and clicked the Readability bookmarklet. It removed the video, the comments, and even the ads. It removed everything other than the actual content.

Readability is a very cool project. You can use it anywhere. My recommendation is to use it on MySpace, since they aren’t the best-designed pages on the planet. If you want to read any page easier without fighting through nonsense, install Readability.

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How to Sync Bookmarks Across Multiple Browsers

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Over the years, you may collect a ton of bookmarks within your browser. Let’s say you change browsers, or even Operating Systems. How can you sync all of your links between the browsers, and how can you make sure that the links are still good?

AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

AM-DeadLink can check the following resources:

  • Internet Explorer Favorites
  • Firefox bookmarks
  • Opera bookmarks
  • Mozilla and Netscape bookmarks
  • URLs from tab delimited text files
  • URLs from comma separated text files

Unfortunately, AM-Deadlink is only for Windows. For a Mac, you can try BookDog. Bookdog allows users to sort (selectively alphabetize), import/export, migrate, verify, find redirects, search, and find duplicates among their bookmarks collections in Safari, Firefox 1.5-3.0, Camino, Google Bookmarks, del.icio.us, OmniWeb, Opera, Shiira 2.x and Netscape Navigator. Migrations can be scheduled using Apple’s Automator, and bookmarks on other networked Macs or backup disks are easily accessible. Bookdog has a 14-day free trial. After that, the cost is just $19.95.

After you install Bookdog, you spend a few minutes adjusting how you want your bookmarks sorted, click Sort and within seconds your bookmarks are all in order! Click Analyze to find duplicates and then eliminate those you don’t want. Open the Preferences, activate Bookwatchdog, and your bookmarks will be re-sorted after you make changes. Automatically. Do you seem to have alot of bookmarks that don’t work anymore? Tell Bookdog to Verify. He’ll make a quick visit to all the websites you have bookmarked, present a report of their responses, give you some options on how he can automatically fix bookmarks that have been “redirected”, and finally present a handy tool which allows you to quickly review and fix the remainder. Using Camino, Firefox, Opera, del.icio.us, Shiira, Google Bookmarks™ and/or OmniWeb in addition to Safari? When you tell him to Migrate your bookmarks between browsers, he finds the right folder and avoids creating duplicates. You can migrate unilaterally (one-way) or bilaterally, “synchronizing” all missing bookmarks between browsers. And you can do so from an AppleScript or schedule Migrations using Apple’s Automator.

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