x-marks saving lives.

Couple of days back my TeraByte HDD crashed and I lost almost everything, including my homedir. I will tell you my experiences and how my measures helped me lose not much data. So I will begin with one of the most important aspects. My BROWSER.

I have all my passwords stored in the browser and I rely on them so it is not stored anywhere else. Also, I have lot of bookmarks which help me do lot of stuff. Meaning, all these are very important for me. So, I had a backup plan for my passwords and bookmarks.

Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks)

It allows you to save your bookmarks on their site or on your own URL.

If you have your own domain and you have a hosting provider, like I do, then you can configure Xmarks to save the bookmarks and the passwords on your domain. So, I downloaded this addon as soon as I could get my hands on a working system and installed this extension, configured Xmarks and was back will all passwords and bookmarks. Great to be up and running so fast.
BTW, I am yet to get a replacement for my HDD, working on Live Distro till then.

Citibank Doesn\’t Want Your Business, Linux Users

This is an article from the Citibank customers in US.

The Consumerist: \”Citibank won\’t let customers using Linux computers log in to their online accounts. Adam argues that in 2009 this doesn\’t make sense, especially when no other major corporate website blocks him like this.\”

URL: http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2009-10-31-001-39-IN-BZ-SW

But in India too we don\’t have much too different environment. Though I do not have any issues with the Citibank site, but I have HDFC Insurance. I always pay the premium online. This time the payment failed couple of times and the amount was deducted from my account. When checked with the Customer Service Desk, the confirmed that the payment option does not work on Firefox with Linux. For this time I have made the payment using Cash, but why should there be OS discrimination.

Share your experiences here in comment.


feedly– addon for firefox if you have a lot of subscriptions for Google reader.

Download feedly here. Feedly is the way to go if you have lot of subscriptions or otherwise too if you would like to see some changes in the way the google reader looks. Here\’s the description:

A magazine-like startpage. A fast and stylish way to read and share the content of your favorite sites and services. Provides seamless integration with Google Reader, Twitter, Frienfeed, Delicious and YouTube.

and a screenshot:


Well, this has definitely made my life easier.