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Bypassing the new Delicious site

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So del.icio.us is now just delicious.com, eh? And a less-than-spectacular redesign, too?

This has reminded me to post something about how I use the Delicious service rather than its website. I’ve never been one for social bookmarking. Not that I’m a miserable old git who likes to keep all my goodies to myself (well, just a tad), but I’ve always been put off by the sites that offer the service. I like my bookmarks in my browser menu, goddamit, and that’s where I’ll have them!

Not only that; personally I find the Delicious site a pretty uninspiring one to use. It’s been improved with the redesign, but it’s still not something I’d visit out of choice, and going to a site simply to get to another site seems like a silly thing to do when we’re just dealing with bookmarks.

So… a revelation came to me a few months ago when I discovered Delicious Safari, a lovely little plugin that makes my bookmarks accessible from one simple menu – all within the browser. This was almost discovered by accident, though, as what I actually wanted to do was find a way of syncronising bookmarks between my home MacBook Pro and my (then) work MacBook Pro… absolutely nothing to do with being ‘social’ at all!

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Of course, this isn’t specific to Safari. I know similar things exist for Firefox (such as the official add-on) and IE (but why on earth are you using IE, you dirty little thing?).

I no longer have a ‘work’ MBP, but I’m using Delicious Safari to sync my bookmarks across my MBP and my newly-purchased Mac Mini. In fact it was one of the first things I installed on the new machine.

Hey, that reminds me: would you be interested in a post about what apps I’d recommend as a ‘bare minimum’ on a virgin OSX installation?