Bye Bye Xmarks (part 2)

In response to my yesterday’s post about the upcoming demise of Xmarks, Jim Casale suggested that I could use my own WedDAV server to do the synching.

What a great idea, I thought.  I never previously noticed the Advanced settings option to use your own server.  So reading a little bit on what’s required, I set off to configure my Windows 7 desktop as an IIS server supporting WebDAV.  After doing some reading on setting up IIS with WebDAV here and Xmarks with one’s own server here and spending a couple of hours, I had it working.  And…  few minutes later I was removing IIS from my desktop.  The option to use your own server only existing in Xmarks for Firefox.  It is not there in Xmarks for Safari or for Chrome.

Well, my time wasn’t entirely wasted, I did learn a few new things, including the repeated confirmation that reading fine print can save you wasted time and even buy you a couple of extra hours of sleep.  (Nah, who am I kidding?! I wouldn’t be sleeping anyway.)

So back to the drawing/research board seeking replacement for Xmarks.  (Maybe I just won’t bookmark anything.)

DownThemAll — a great Firefox add-on

Somebody pointed me to this Firefox add-on called DownThemAll!  I don’t know how exactly it works (something about splitting files) but it makes your downloads really — and I mean REALLY — fast.

Once installed, it becomes a radio button in your Download dialog box inside of Firefox, allowing you to choose to use the traditional Firefox download method or DownThemAll! I highly recommend to use the DownThemAll way.

DownThemAll!

I used it today for the first time to download software for my BlackBerry Pearl.  The 68 MB file came down from the T-Mobile site in under 2 minutes at speeds averaging 1 GB/sec.  And this is while BitTorrent was downloading something else in the background.