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My findings on Life, Linux, Open Source, and so on.

Firefox Speeddial-like plugins: FastDial and SpeedDial

One Opera feature I like is speed dial. It’s built-in, able to customize the row and column numbers, and can sync among computers. I kind of wondering why other browsers haven’t copy it, at least not in correct way.

Google Chrome does have similar feature, but it only show site you frequently visit and cannot change the number of the thumbnail, nor do they have an very intuitive way to set it as home page. Safari also have this feature, but the method of adding the speed dial items is so weird that I still cannot figure out how (who said Apple has the best user interface?).

Nevertheless, Opera does give me a hard time nowadays, the most deadly one is lack of support of synergy. If I see something interesting in computer A and want to copy to opera in computer B, I have to do following:

  1. Copy from Opera of computer A
  2. Paste to gedit of computer A
  3. Copy again from gedit of computer A
  4. Paste to gedit of computer B
  5. Copy again from gedit of computer B
  6. Paste to opera of computer B

See why I am frustrated?

That’s why I start investigating firefox’s counterpart: SpeedDial and FastDial. They both have the ability to show the dial, and able to adjust the number of rows and columns. When comparing between these two:

Briefly speaking:
SpeedDial:

  • Pro:
    • Nicer UI
    • Can define groups, each group has
    • Many more to customize, like refresh frequency in minutes, hour, day
    • It even has a weather dial!
  • Con:
    • Does not sync with xmark

FastDial on the other hand, has poorer UI, less customable than SpeedDial…
but can sync with xmark, as it actually posts as a folder in bookmark.

Currently I choose FastDial, as I have four working computers at the moment. But if you don’t need to sync, SpeedDial is a better choice.

Nevertheless, FastDial is not yet mature. For example, position of dial is not remembered, so when importing for a new computer, the dial item is arranged by the date you add the bookmark, not the order in source computer.

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