I like to have information stored once in a single place, exactly how I like to have a code block which does a single thing exactly once in my solutions. Long ago I chose to go with the favorites feature of Windows and Internet Explorer because I found it to be more readily backupable than Firefox bookmarks. Also synching the stuff across multiple computers requires no special programs as we're basically talking about files in a folder when dealing with the Internet Explorer favorites.
Lately I've taken to using Firefox. Performance, flexibility are the key factors for my decision to do so but I found myself missing my favorites. I don't use Firefox exclusively and I want my favorites both in FF and in IE. What to do?
Luckily a guy named Alex Sirota created a small extension for Firefox called PlainOldFavorites which basically puts a new menu item on the Firefox menu called ... you guess it .... Favorites. Instant access to the favorites folder from Firefox. I've been using this extension since my switch to Firefox but with the release of Firefox 2.0 compatibility was broken and I waited ... and waited ... and waited for an updated version of PlainOldFavorites. But such a thing wasn't forthcoming. I even started looking at the alternatives and believe me there are many alternatives out there for synching IE and FF bookmarks but they all seem to be overkill for my simple purposes.
Well the other day I was listening to the HanselMinutes episode Life Hacks with Gina Trapani where Gina mentions that Firefox extensions are nothing more than an archive in disguise. With this knowledge in mind I went ahead and downloaded the XPI for PlainOldFavorites, opened it up in WinRAR, and extracted the install.rdf file which is the manifest for the XPI package. In there you'll find stuff like which version the extension is compatible with and the version number of the extension itself. I figured that the extension is so simple that I could safely trying mucking around with the compatibility information of the manifest. Lo and behold it actually works. I've updated the extension with support up to and including Firefox version 3 and I've gone head and bumped the version of the extension to 0.5.6.2.
Hopefully Alex Sirota will get around to updating the information himself but until then you can download my updated version from below.
Download PlainOldFavorites vesion 0.5.6.2 with support for Firefox 2.0