What do you see when you open your browser?
Is it a blank page? (Nothing is faster!) Or is it a convenience page? (google.com?)
I open a new browser tab/window in two circumstances:
- I want to search something
- I want to open a bookmark
For problem #1, I used yubnub for a long time. Yubnub is supposed to be “a (social) command line for the web”, but to me the only interesting aspect is user-contributed search engine shortcuts. You want to use Google image: “gim hajime no ippo”. You want to use Google map: “gmap olympic stadium, montreal”. But it goes further, yubnub provides direct access to the search engines of specialized sites: amazon (.com/.ca), bestbuy, tigerdirect, apple trailers, newegg, the pirate bay … the list goes on and on. (There’s a command to find a yubnub command: ls) The idea of having to first go to a website and THEN do a search seems so backward to me … so 2001.
For problem #2, if you don’t want to go insane and have many computers, you have to look into synchronizing your bookmarks. What a pain! In fact, yubnub served as a kind of bookmark for sites I would do searches on … but there is still a list of other sites which don’t fit that pattern.
Here’s my solution to all these problems: home.acidfog.com.
Pretty simple, no?
Here’s the breakdown:
- the logo: thematic
- the search field
Another downside of using yubnub is that you have to agree with the shortcut command picked by the community. Since it’s my code, I can pick what I want.
Feel free to steal and extend on the general idea here.