My new browser setup at work

I am very keen on keeping my private and work information separate. E.g. I would never read my personal and work email in the same MUA, instead I read work email in Thunderbird and the few times I read private email during working hours I do that using the web interface to GMail. At home it’s the other way around, Thunderbird for personal email, and a web interface to read work email. I used to have a similar setup for my browsing to keep bookmarks and saved passwords for the different areas of my life separate. Firefox was my work browser and Epiphany was my personal browser.

With the recent move to use webkit I noticed that there are a few bits with Epiphany that really bugs me though. Especially its inability to remember passwords; on my Eee it’s just a killer to not be able to do that. So, I decided to take a look at Firefox again, especially to see whether there are any add-ons that would help. And there are. These are the add-ons I found useful for this:

Profile Manager and Synchronizer

The most important piece of the setup is the addon Profile Manager and Synchronizer. It make sit easy to have more than one instance of Firefox running at the same time, with different profiles active in each one.

At first I tried synchronising profiles via dropbox, but that resulted in a lot of updates each time so I quickly stopped. I can recommend using it once though, to get the profiles to all the computers in the first place.

The plugin author says there will be a version that works with 3.6 soon. In the meantime I can report that I’ve had no issues with manually modifying the version range just to get it to install.


Since I don’t synchronise my profiles I do need to synchronise my bookmarks, and for that I use Xmarks.


Diigo is a social bookmarking site. There seems to be about 13 to a dozen of those, but there are a couple of things that make Diigo different.

With the plugin I can easily store away pages for reading at some later date. In the past I’ve had a bookmark folder, or slightly more recently a tag, that I used to mark up pages that I’d like to take a closer look at. I’ve stopped that completely, and now I just mark pages as unread in Diigo. Just another way of reducing the clutter among my bookmarks.

The probably coolest feature is commenting on webpages. I mostly use that to add private comments to web pages, e.g. when I do some research into some topic (so far it’s mostly been for items I’m considering buying), but it’s also possible to make public comments. I’ve found it useful on more than one occasion to have a quick look through the public comments other people have put on pages.

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