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Dec. 4th, 2004 | 06:27 pm
mood: geekygeeky
music: Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey

There's a certain flow (or anti-flow) I get into sometimes, when browsing the web. I'm opening page after page, finding lots of good information and lots of what a detective would call "leads". Important things, things that are relevant to ongoing projects, things  I  want  to explore  further, things I want  to write about, pages with resources I can  use later.

But  there's something  missing: I've been  at the computer too long, and my follow-through energy has been used up. So I accumulate dozens of open windows full of this stuff until the computer finally crashes in protest.  Back when I used MSIE, you could  only open about  12  browser windows  before a crash. Now , with  FireFox and  tabbed browsing, I  can get  up to  hundreds of tabs before a crash, and  there are ways to recover the set of tabs post-crash,   unlike MSIE.

I've built my own bookmarklet for use with del.icio.us which is ALMOST shiny enough to keep up with the shininess of the interweb.  ALMOST. It gives me a quick and easy way to harvest these links without tripping a breaker on the follow-through. I should write    up these tools I've made and share them for the two  or three (million?) of you who share this problem.   I have not  done so yet because I don't love you none.

No, seriously though, I'll write  it up  and put it in here.  Later. I do love you.

My spacebardoes not love me.  As you maybe have noticed. But it'll take an hour or so to disassemble and clean this laptop to fix  that.... meantime I can just TYPE HARDER

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Triple Entendre

*bounce*

from: triple_entendre
date: Dec. 7th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. There's always room for more love. As for the spaces, though, if you look closely, you'll see that my post has a net surplus of spaces, because the spacebar tends to "bounce". But then, so do I.

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Triple Entendre

*bounce*

from: triple_entendre
date: Dec. 7th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. There's always room for more love. As for the spaces, though, if you look closely, you'll see that my post has a net surplus of spaces, because the spacebar tends to "bounce" if it connects at all. But then, so do I.

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Avant Browser

from: webnesto
date: Dec. 4th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
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I used to have the same problem, that's why I use http://www.avantbrowser.com the reason I use this over Mozilla, is that being a web developer, I've *got* to develop for IE, and therefore use IE. Avantbrowser gives a tabbed interface to IE (as well as the "recover lost pages" function).

And regarding bookmarks, I use a tool http://www.favoritesync.com to keep my favorites synced between different computers and to make my favorites available to me no matter what computer I'm using.

Looking forward to your post about tools.

Oh,andspacesareoverrated.Whoneedsthem?

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tabs

from: livegrog
date: Dec. 5th, 2004 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Heya!

When I get lots of tabs open, say more than five or ten, then I am usually totally off track from what I was intending to do at the beginning. So its a reminder for me to either call it 'recess' or close some tabs and go 'back to productive land'.

Recess,

-Grog

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Triple Entendre

Re: tabs

from: triple_entendre
date: Dec. 7th, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC)
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1) Yup. For me the numbers are more like 20 or 30 tabs, but at that point your observation holds for me as well.

2) Of course, sometimes we aren't intending to do anything.

3) And sometimes we aren't trying to be productive! Rare, but it does (and should) happen. =)

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Triple Entendre

Re: tabs

from: triple_entendre
date: Dec. 7th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
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and welcome to livejournal! it is both a life enhancer and a potential timesink.

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