If you do not know what the Internet Freedom Disk (IFD) is, please take a moment to read the first post on this blog here: Internet Freedom Disk - Introduction
A bit about That: For the geeks that got a bit testy in the comments last time I say this now: I did not invent the IFD, and the IFD is not new. Its proper name is a Linux LiveCD. There, I said it, there is no reason to comment on that part. This blog is for the many who simply do not know of its existence, amazing uses, and availability. Sheesh!
Bookmarking: As you pop your IFD into your CD and boot your computer you start to realize the bookmarks you saved last time won't be there today. After all, the hard drives were locked in the vault so nothing could write to them ... not even bookmarks from your web browser.
Its been great feeling the freedom to visit web sites without worrying if you were about to be attacked, being able to open all those email attachments about celebrities, and leaving no traces on the hard drive from your web surfing adventures, but not having bookmarks might be a too much to give up.
Well fear not. I wouldn't have brought it up if I could not offer you a work-around so here are a few ways. Pick the one that suits you best. These are in no particular order.
a) Join a bookmarking community like reddit.com, del.icio.us, etc. There are many sites that you can join for free where you can store your bookmarks. Whenever you log onto the Internet simply browse on over and log in.
Using the tabbed browsing feature of FireFox (which is installed on the IFD) you can use the first tab to always have your bookmark site available. When you go to click on a link use the right-click and select "open in new tab". This way your bookmarks will always be easily avaiable.
In picking one to use you may wish to find out which sites your friends use and join with them. If they haven't selected one yet, then you can all join the same one for now. After all these sites are about community.
Keep a draft email on your gmail account (or msn, yahoo, etc). This will work nice if you do not have a large number of bookmarks. But here you can simply open up the draft email and all your links will be avaiable.
If you have a new bookmark, you can copy and paste the link into your draft email and save it.
One reason I like this method is that you probably check your email every time you get on the Internet so this is already right at your fingertips.
c) Import/Export! Firefox can export its bookmarks to a file. To do this you select Bookmarks->Organize bookmarks and a window will open. On the new window select File->Export then you can select a location to save them.
"The location to save them" .... hummmm. Sure it appears you have a disk but that is all in RAM and is forgotten after the machine is turned off. Oh no:( Well just save it. The trick will be to put that some place on the Internet where it is easy to get back.
I do not want to get ahead of myself because I will be talking about saving files on the Internet soon. For now just understand that we can export our bookmarks to a file, and read them back in at a later date. This way we can use all our standard bookmarking techniques. AS LONG AS WE REMEMBER TO SAVE THEM!
As you have guessed, importing them works the same way, just select Import rather than Export.
Conclusion: Ok, so you have 3 great ways to work around not having a permanent storage attached to your computer and still be able to create bookmarks that will always be available.
WARNING: The IFD cannot protect you from phishing scams. This is where evil people create copies of web sites in an effort to get you to enter your user name and password.
The IFD is not 100.00% effective. And even if it was today, the evil people might figure out how to penetrate the vault tomorrow. So you still need to keeps your wits about you.