one great idea, two lousy implementations

I’d link to, which is an online bookmarks manager that I’ve been playing with and quite liking, only there’d be no point. It fails to load at least as often as it works. My guess is that their server/s is/are badly overloaded. What good is a bookmark service that works half the time?
Next I’m going to try spurl, which even allows you to interface with (when it’s working, that is). It doesn’t seem to be much more reliable at first glance though. Right now it’s churning away trying to load in the next browser tab, but not getting anywhere. Oh wait — it’s finally loaded. Well, better that than timing out like, but it’s still not much use if I just want to grab a bookmark and move on without having to wait for something else to load.
Dammit, until I played with these things I didn’t even know I wanted an online bookmarks manager. Bah.

6 thoughts on “one great idea, two lousy implementations

  1. I keep an export of the XML file of my bookmarks along with a parser locally so I don’t actually ever not have access to them, but it is really irritating not being able to dynamically edit/add to them when is down. So far works better (more like what I want) than any other bookmark manager, though.

  2. I keep an export of the XML file of my bookmarks along with a parser locally
    I can’t be arsed to do this. I agree that is the best interface around, but it just spends too much time being unavailable. What’s sweet about spurl, apart from better uptime, is that it will import/export to/from really smoothly. I got it to yank all my links, and now I have two complete copies. I guess you could just use whichever one is up, and sync them every so often — but I just want ONE reliable app!

  3. Jedi — I use Firefox at work (MacOSX), and will give foxylicious a try. Here at home I use Moz (WinXP) because the spousal unit got to Firefox first and I’m too damn lazy to set up profiles.
    Ralf — not as funny as it sounds. may solve this problem yet, but folder-based bookmark management (as in, the kind every browser offers) is practically useless. By the time you’ve got a few frequently-visited pages in accessible spots, anything else you grab is likely to moulder untouched and unorganised until link rot does it in.

  4. I have about 3500 sites bookmarked. I do actually use bookmarks, but not for all types of links.
    How to deal with this stuff better is the subject of my next grant proposal.

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