Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Post 1263 – World War II in Halifax

Those of you who run the Firefox web browser will likely know that there are many, many add-ons to the browser.  I won’t pretend to be an expert on them.  I just occasionally add one that sounds interesting.

I have 3 computers here at home that I use on a regular basis.  This one, the only Windows one, I keep using as a Windows box mostly for stuff like Windows Live Writer, which I’m using right now to write this blog post.  And, too, there are a few hundred bookmarks associated with Firefox on this machine, some of which I have ported from machine to machine over the years.  Dozens of these bookmarks no longer work, because they’re so old.  I wonder if there’s an add on to test one’s bookmarks to see if they still point to something, and which will discard the ones that no longer do so?  There should be if there isn’t.

Anyway, I installed an add on a few weeks ago to my 2 linux machines: The netbook, which runs ubuntu netbook edition 10.4, and the desktop I bought this winter, a generic desktop I got for 50 bucks this Winter through kijiji, which also runs ubuntu 10.4.  This add on is called “X marks”, and it syncs up the bookmarks for the machines you have added to the account you create at the xmarks website.  The website stores your bookmarks, and you can get the various machines to grab those bookmarks for you.  The really nice thing is, you can add a bookmark to one computer, and it will just show up on the other one. 

I installed xmarks on my Windows machine this evening, and it now has all the bookmarks that my linux boxes had.  And, now, the linux boxes have the bookmarks that the Windows machine had, syncing things up very nicely indeed.

I spent a bit of time this evening, decompressing after a long family meeting this afternoon in the Valley, by looking at these old bookmarks.  I found one of great interest to those who enjoy Halifax history.  It is the little told story of Mills Brothers, a clothing store on Spring Garden Road, and the owners’ unique contribution to the war effort. 

Go ahead.  Read it.  Let me know what you think.

Bevboy, loving his xmarks!

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