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Google BrowserSync

June 9th, 2006 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

Now, how many of you use a PC at home, one at work, and a laptop? If your like me, you have 3 different sets of bookmarks you have to maintain.

Google has come up with a solution. They have released the Google Browser Sync Extension (sorry IE, no extension for you).

When you install the extension, you restart your browser. When you run Firefox, you notice a dialog box that says do you agree or not (blah, blah, blah)...yes, click. It asks you for your Google account email and password. After that, it prompts you for a PIN. The PIN is just a number for your account to keep track of your bookmarks. When you enter the PIN, it starts chatting with the server.

The cool thing about Google's Browser Sync is that it is completely automated. If you save a bookmark to your list, it will save it on their server for later. When you log into Google at home, you need to have the Browser Sync extension installed on the other PCs as well.

Not only will it consolidate your bookmarks on Google's servers, it will also do a "browser restore" when you run Firefox. It will ask you if you want to restore your pages after your crash.

Installation of the extension was very simple and worked the first time I installed it. The automated part of the extension is what sells me. I'm sick of exporting and importing my bookmarks.html from PC to PC and thank you Google for making it easier to manage by bookmarks.