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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Wednesday October 11, 2006
04:03 PM

Tagged Bookmarks

[ #31298 ]

I'm disappointed to see that the Firefox RC 2 does not yet have tagged bookmarks available natively. (No, I ain't talkin' 'bout

Frankly, I want just about every heirarchical thing to go away. Give me tagged bookmarks, tagged filesystems and so on. (I seem to recall reading about a filesystem experiment which dispensed with directories and used tags instead, but I can't recall where I read that.)

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  • The feature is called Places and includes the browsing history along with the bookmarks. They turned it off a while ago because it was too big a feature to land in time for 2.0.

  • I wrote a little Catalyst webapp and use it in the sidebar. Ok, I have to be on a machine that has access to my home VPN to change my bookmarks, but I can read them from everywhere and every browser.

    The source can be found on my home Trac: [], and the application can be seen live on the same system: []

  • WinFS was said to have SQL query capabilities and basically be a tagged filesystem. If you look at the WMI, you can still query the filesystem through an SQL-like language, but as the underlying system is not a database, querying is slow. Unfortunately, WinFS got cut from Windows, so we'll be stuck with a tree (plus symlinks).

    I wrote me a small tagged filesystem [] for my mediaserver and even tied it to Windows via WebDAV, but as this doesn't achieve full integration into the Windows explorer and writing user

  • I like hierarchies. Well, better than tags, anyway.

    Maybe if tags were created for me without having to do anything (literally), then that would be one thing. I like time-based systems (like Apple's Time Machine ... in concept, anyway). I don't have to do anything. But I simply will not take the time to tag anything, let alone a bookmark.

    I know some people really like tags, and I am not arguing tags are bad, and I recognize the power of them, ... it's just that I can never bring myself to spend time tagg