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 Bookie is a personal attempt to keep the bookmarks that I have at home  
 synced with the bookmarks I have at work, and a way of solving my  
 frustrations in sharing bookmarks with other people over computers.  It also  
 is an outgrowth of the bluesky <a  
 bookmarking</a> and <a  
 bookmark indexing</a>.  In addition, there are sites which attack this  
 problem from another angle: <a href="http://renaghan.com/bookmarker/">Bookmarker</a> and <a href="http://www.webwizards.net/useful/wbbm.htm">Web-Based Bookmark Managers</a>.  
 <p>Quite frankly, bookmark management sucks.  Every person I know has a  
 collection of bookmarks which have grown over months if not years.  Not only  
 the bookmarks themselves but the structure of the bookmark directory is  
 critical.  Yahoo's origin and real, underlying purpose is as a huge  
 collection of well organized bookmarks.  Yet while it is easy to send a URL  
 over the web, sending branches or entire trees is impossible.  It is  
 impossible to share the same bookmarks folder with several people, so that  
 all information can be synced over a department.  And it's really hard to  
 keep bookmarks synced between several locations.  
 <p>The roaming access feature in Netscape goes in the right direction of  
 solving these problems, but RDF is the perfect answer to these problems.  
 Whenever a browser wants to see bookmarks, it can make a request to a  
 central bookmark server, and receive streamed RDF.  Likewise, whenever a  
 bookmark or branch is submitted, RDF can be sent to the server and synced  
 with all the other clients.  
 <p>Most of the work is already done -- Mozilla already has an  
 RDFXMLDataSource, and all that needs to be done on the client end is some  
 work to hook it into the network layer, and a way to present that data as a  
 <p>The more involved work is in writing a server which can parse RDF,  
 construct an internal RDF graph, and can convert the internal RDF graph into  
 an SQL database.  And writing it out the other way.  
          serialized RDF <--> RDF graph <--> SQL database  
 <p> Of course, this is barely scratching the surface of what Bookie could do  
 -- it could invalidate useless bookmarks, keep a cache of bookmarks for  
 you... it could keep private bookmark folders which you could only see by  
 typing a password... It could provide folders with multiple parents so that  
 you could have the equivalent of symlinks in folders... It could rearrange  
 or delete bookmarks according to your own criteria (popularity, last  
 updated)... You could have limited access to bookie allowing you to add only  
 annotations to a bookmark, or submit links on an honor system so that the  
 most popular float to the top...  You could adjust your filter so that only  
 the oldest or the newest bookmarks show up.  
 <p> The server is done, although it still is read-only.  You can import  
 bookmarks into the database and you can read bookmarks out of the server.  
 The mozilla client will connect to the server, but I've had some troubles  
 getting the RDF from the server synced up with the user interface.  There's  
 also a client written in Swing which I'm using for debugging, which is  
 teaching me the joys of asynchronous non-blocking network IO in Java.  
   You can read what Bookie is <a href="purpose.html">here</a>, but here's the
   long and short of it: 
   <blockquote>Bookie is an application which keeps all your bookmarks on a central
   server so that you can access bookmarks from anywhere on the web.</blockquote>
   <p>The server is written in Java, and uses XML-RPC to communicate to clients.
   There's also a client written in Swing, which is pretty functional.  The current
   goal is to get the Mozilla client back into shape given the existence of
   a working server (finally!)</p>
   <p>To get the server running on your machine, download the server.zip file
   <a href="http://tersesystems.com/bookie/server.zip">here</a>.  You should
   start the server with 
   <code>java -Dlog4j.configuration=info.xml -jar server.jar</code>
   in a directory for Bookie usage.   No database is required, as Bookie will
   create its own database if it doesn't  find one.  It will start on port 9000
   by default, but you can specify the port on the command line.  <a
    href="http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4/download.html">JDK 1.4</a>  with the
   <code>-server</code> option is recommended, as the I/O performance is MUCH
   faster than 1.3.1.</p>
   <p>To get the java client running, download the client.zip file <a
    href="http://tersesystems.com/bookie/client.zip">here</a>.  Unzip the client in a new directory, and execute it with one of the scripts or <code>java -jar client.jar</code>.  
   <p>When the client starts up, it will present you with a connections box:
   <p>  </p>
       <li>Create a new connection to http://localhost:9000.     </li>
     <li>Double click on the connection to connect to the server.     </li>
     <li>When the server asks you if you would like to be registered for the
   server, say yes.     </li>
     <li>Click on the root folder, then click on the File menu and select the
   import menu item.       </li>
     <li>Import your bookmarks by going to your netscape bookmarks.html file
   and clicking on that.         As an example, my Mozilla file is under "C:\Documents
   and Settings\Will Sargent\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\mq632ho0.slt"
     <li>Or, if you are using Internet Explorer, you can import your bookmarks by going 
     to "C:\Documents and Settings\Will Sargent\Favorites" and importing the favorites from there.</li>
     <li>You can also export to Netscape if you want to get bookmarks out of the server.</li>
     <li>That's it!</li>
   <p>There is an example bookmark server at 
   <a href="http://tersesystems.com">http://tersesystems.com</a>.  To connect
   to the test server, please enter
   as your URL.  <strong>Please do not use a normal password</strong>:
   most of Bookie's traffic is not  encrypted, and you may be vulnerable to
   packet sniffing.  Also note that there is no  expectation of privacy on this
   server.  Although I intend to keep all bookmark information private,  I reserve
   the right to look at any and all data on the server for debugging purposes.
   <p>Suggestions and comments are welcome.  If you have any problems with the
   above instructions, please e-mail me at the address below.</p>
   <p>Will Sargent &lt;<a href="mailto:will_sargent@yahoo.com">will_sargent@yahoo.com</a>&gt;

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