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zonereyrie
Google is awesome, again
One of the things I missed the most going from Netscape 4.79 to Mozilla Suite and then Firefox was the loss of Roaming. Roaming was a feature in the old Netscape that allowed you to sync your browser settings, bookmarks, cookies, pretty much everything with a central server. And you could have multiple browsers on multiple machines all sharing one sync server. So your bookmarks followed you, etc.

Google has just released Google Browser Sync for Firefox. Roaming, reinvented. It looks great.

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cdaae From: cdaae Date: June 8th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I really don't like the idea of sending all my cookies to a central server. Haven't actually looked at how it works yet, just instantly paranoid.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 8th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You can select to encrypt them, and you can also decide not to sync cookies, just bookmarks, etc.
cdaae From: cdaae Date: June 8th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ahh. I might do it for the bookmarks, but I'm using del.icio.us for a lot of bookmarks at the moment. My worry with cookies would be that then someone would just need to break/guess one password to get cookies which could allow them to log in to all kinds of websites (gmail, LJ, etc). It's definitely an account I'd want a really strong password on.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: June 8th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
This is why I use cookies as little as possible. I'm not worried as much about someone pulling ip traffic down and guessing the password to it, as someone swiping my notebook, which has a valid gpg keyring on it for my home machine, and can talk its way past the firewall to my VPN.

This just means that I'm a little more paranoid about physical security then digital, when it comes to the notebook.

(Although, I should set up a way to SMS, or plaintext e-mail a machine that could close the network down. Sort of a killswitch that just shuts down all traffic through the router, both directions.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: June 8th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Err, "...cookies on shared machines as little as possible..."
cdaae From: cdaae Date: June 8th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'll be more concerned about that when I have a light enough laptop to carry around with me more. I don't use cookies for more important things, like websites with any financial info, so someone randomly stealing my laptop wouldn't find that much of interest. Of course it's also pretty unlikely that anyone who knew what they were doing would be trying to crack any of my passwords, but I'm more at risk of pissing off some internet person with hacker friends than of anything else. Someone stealing my laptop probably wouldn't be very interested in reading my LiveJournal, and wouldn't find anything useful in my email.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: June 8th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I was helping a friend out with some techy shit on their notebook, and using only Google Desktop, pulled up two of their credit card numbers, their name, address, phone number, and social. I carry my notebook with me pretty much everywhere (I'm addicted to being able to gweep from the lawn next to La-Di-Da, and the GPS/MS Streets thing is beyond useful on long rides)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 8th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
My Treo has SSH and a web browser, so that's enough for me most of the time. Plus GPRS works in more locations than WiFi. :-)

I have thought of getting one of those new UMPCs at some point, and keeping that in the bag I carry to work and such. Kind of like Rat's Apple Newton - about the same size, does more than my Treo, not as hefty as a laptop (even a small one).
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: June 8th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
True. My next portable iteration will probably be in the UMPC range, possibly with one of those laser-keyboards so I wouldn't get finger cramps. I just really like to be able to sit (ok, lay) somewhere that isn't inside on my lunch hour and get some non-pressing work done over food and coffee.
The only problem becomes "can the UMPC interface with our POS/IC system?" and the fact that then I'd have to buy a new GPS system for longer bike tours. (Not that I really do those anymore)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 9th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
If you laptop works, the UMPC should - they run WindowsXP Tablet PC Edition and are basically standard PC hardware, just smaller.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: June 9th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I should say more, is it usable with our POS/IC system. I figure it would actually interface (it's a pretty simple program, after all), but is there enough display area on one to make the system usable on the portable device? Or can I come up with some sort of reasonable workaround?
Not that it really matters, mauser (notebook) is running fine, and doesn't seem to have any problems, and I'm not going to iterate until he dies.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: June 8th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
The ability to move open tabs is really what rocks. Lets me move work from home/the store way easier then mailing myself the bookmark list, then opening the e-mail, and popping open the links when I get to work.
starjewel From: starjewel Date: June 8th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
woot. thank you for that. when i'm away from home without my laptop, i usually RDP home for web browsing because of my bookmarks and cookies. but one thing that drives me mad is my constant attempts to sync up the bookmarks between my lappy and my desktop. i have a del.icio.us account, but i'm constantly forgetting to use it.
krellis From: krellis Date: June 9th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I just wish I could get it to work. Every time I try to sync it it gets to the "updating server" phase and then dumps a "Error '400 Bad Request' occurred while syncing, please try again later." alert box at me. Something tells me their servers are overloaded. I e-mailed them about it, but don't really expect to get much response other than the autoresponder. Google's not exactly well-known for replying to e-mails.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 9th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hmm, sorry to hear that - it worked for me at work, I'll be installing it at home later.
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