Just to make it easy …

Ok, Not your life just your experience πŸ™‚

I would like to dedicate this post to these cuties :

FireFox Addons: XMarks, Sxipper, ReadItLater, Ubiquity, StumbleUpon (Original Site: http://www.stumbleupon.com)

Application Launcher: Launchy

Their sites provide a way better display of their features, So I refrain myself to just making a note about each.

XMarks+Sxipper :

The first one is a Bookmarks+Password synchronizer and later is a password manager. Their combination keeps all my account and other details secure and synchronized across various PCs, and platforms#1.

I came across both these while searching for a way to keep my Firefox bookmarks and passwords synchronized between my Ubuntu and Windows, and remain addicted still.

Sxipper is not just-another-password-manager. Two things I like about this one:

(1) It displays remembered passwords as overlays and does not fill-in automatically. Multiple logons for the same site is possible and the list is dynamic based on the number of successful logons for each account.

(2) While registering for new account, the form gets populated with my details (with a click ofcourse!) and the password field is filled with a random password and my work gets reduced to just remembering that I registered in that site πŸ™‚

While all this happens locally, XMarks keeps them in-sync online so that things like #1 seamless.

(1) XMarks marks changes dynamically as they happen and keeps them synchronized.

(2) The password are maintained online with an extra level of encryption(atleast thats what they claim) with a seperate PIN (for passwords alone).

I didnt get to use the SiteInfo and Recommendations feature of XMarks effectively, yet.

A special note to those who care about privacy, You can set Firefox’s Master Password to prevent Sxipper filling in passwords unless provided with the Master password.

ReadItLater: It does what it claims to do – For links that you want to note for a single read later.

Again, The items it store are “Unsorted Bookmarks” which gets managed by XMarks πŸ™‚

StumbleUpon: When you are not up to something, this one gets you to some interesting sites πŸ™‚



Forgot to bookmark few others I saw πŸ™‚

These I would like to personally recommend to my fat, lazy, proud friends πŸ™‚ :


Ubiquity (please try) : A bold step towards context-sensitive web.

Invoke Ubiquity with the shortcut key of your choice and talk to it. It will do whatever it can within its installed commands.


1. Select any portion of text in a webpage, invoke Ubiquity and type in “mail to xx@xx.com” (while you are signed in to G!Mail) and a new mail will be composed with the selected text quoted along with the site.

2. Select any text and type in highlight to highlight it. Followed by a “save” to save.

3. “imdb filmname” gets to the film’s page in imdb.org, “wiki topic”

4. “define” for meanings, “calculate” for builtin calculator.

5. Many more πŸ™‚ Please see : Getting Started


Launchy: Both for Windows and Linux

Thats how you do things, in the browser. For those who like to play with a multitude of applications, Launchy is here.

Press Ctrl + Enter to bring up launchy and type in the program name to launch. Plugins add extra functionality and this is another must try.


These are my selections πŸ™‚ If you have any other cool ones, do comment upon.

*Sorry for improper images. My OS is currently bare πŸ™‚


~ by toolweb on May 8, 2009.

4 Responses to “Just to make it easy …”

  1. ReadItLater is exactly what i have been looking for!!
    thanks a lot πŸ˜€

  2. roboform is the bestttttt

    • Hi Jawahar,
      Its just a matter of personal preferences.. Haven’t tried RoboForm recently though.

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