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More on Mozilla Weave

I have been doing some testing of the latest update to the weave extension version 0.1.30 (change log here) and I have to say it works quite well.

I started with a clean install of Firefox 3.0RC1 from Portable Apps and then installed the extension from here. I ran through the initial setup routine and did the initial sync which took almost 7 minutes to complete. Most of that time was spent with the hard drive churning away with very little CPU or memory impact. After the initial sync i went into the weave preferences and enabled the alpha password and cookie options and then ran another sync.

Weave Prefs

I then went out to several forum and web mail sites like Gmail etc and all my user names and passwords were there. The feature seems quite stable for being alpha.

I will test the new build more in the coming days including on a Linux install.

Weave is quickly becoming viable replacement for Google Browser Sync that I used previously. Other than the initial sync performance seems to be on par with GBS as well. If this is alpha/beta software I cannot wait to see the release version!

I will test Foxmarks in the future but I have become so accustomed to password/cookie/history syncing that plain bookmark syncing does not really appeal to me at the moment. Not a knock on Foxmarks as I hear it is a great bookmark syncing system.

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May 28, 2008 Posted by | Extensions, Firefox | , , | Leave a comment

Firefox 3 RC1 and extensions revisited.

So I have finally switched to Firefox 3 full time. There so many improvements that everyone else has talked about so I won’t go into them here. The biggest thing holding me back was extension compatibilities. The most important one Google Browser Sync is not and quite possibly will not be compatible with Firefox 3 any time soon. Enter Mozilla Labs Weave. This promises to be a very good replacement to GBS and possibly so much more. So far it meets my needs perfectly and I look forward to the future of this project.

Some other extensions that I use (read: can’t live without) are Tab Mix Plus and Sage-Too. For Tab Mix Plus you need to download a Dev build for Firefox 3. So far it works flawlessly. Sage-too is a fork of the popular Sage RSS reader that has not seen any development for a year or so. I happy to see someone pick up this extension and port it to FF3.

The last one that I also really like is Download Statusbar. It also works well with FF3.

Those are my main picks. Check back for some more details on these extensions in future posts.

Later and enjoy.

May 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments