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BillDrew
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Synching FireFox with Google extension

Google has just released a Firefox extension that "continuously synchronizes your browser settings". Basically it will store the settings you choose in your Google account — which are then loaded each time the browser is launched. I just installed it on my laptop and in PortableFirefox. It does require that you have a GoogleMail (G-mail) account but gives you the option to set one up. The settings are stored in your Gmail account. It works better than any other synching options I have seen.

Get it at http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/browsersync/

"Google Browser Sync for Firefox is an extension that continuously synchronizes your browser settings – including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords – across your computers. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions."

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It's a good idea, but...

For anyone who uses Portable Firefox as their primary browser (like me), it's completely redundant.

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not COMPLETELY

Except that it also provides an automatic, "off-site" backup.

sblandin
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You are right, but...

it is useful if you use Portable Firefox at work and you have Linux installed at home.

Simone

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True, but...

Portable Firefox will run just fine under Linux using wine.

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Very Useful

I personaly use Firefox at home, and PortableFirefox at my job, so it's pretty convenient to have each browser synched to each other. I can read news on the net at home, then continue where I left at job.

Also, if I find a useful website at my job, I can bookmark it and see it added at home when I come back.

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...

You can do the same with Portable Firefox... and better yet, no need to wait while it synchronizes with a central server. Oh well, whatever floats your boat. Smile

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Many writes with Google Browser Sync

I liked the idea of GBS and it works well. It keeps my HD installed FFPortable at work and my regular FF install at home in sync.

But...
I moved the FFP work version off to my USB drive. I noticed then that it was periodically writing to the drive. After some time with Filemon I discovered that GBS does 200 to 300 writes to the USB once a minute as long as it's connected. Not good for drive life. Just like John's other warnings against extensions that save sessions by doing many extra writes to the drive, GBS seems to fall in the same category.

So I think I'm going to have to say goodbye to GBS.

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