I absolutely adore Firefox. Not because it’s open source (although that’s nice). Not because it’s safer and faster than the alternatives (although that’s nice too). I love Firefox because it lets me overindulge on information. I can open literally hundreds of tabs and just work my way through them, following every interesting link in an article, every interesting blog I find and anything else that is representable by this wonderful little browser.

Unfortunately, my information addiction was starting to impact rather negatively on my life. I’d fail to get all my tabs read before I needed to abandon the computer for the day. Firefox has a solution for this of course — you can bookmark all currently open tabs in a folder, so the next day you simply select that folder and issue the wonderful command “Open In Tabs”. Problem is, if the next day is as busy as the last, then your bookmarks list — like mine — just fills up with increasingly large folders full of pages that you absolutely have to read.

Recently, a combination of a hard drive crash and a change in computers meant that every copy I had of my Firefox profile and bookmarks list was inaccessible to me. I’ve lost two year’s worth of great unread articles, saved passwords and things I really should get around to reading & learning about. At first, I was horrified. I think in the last week I’ve progressed through all the stages of grief. Which is sad in itself, really, since at the end of the day it was just a collection of bits.

I’m glad to say though, that now I’m letting go. I’m reading Rands’ Nuke & Pave backup advice and pretending this was all planned. I’m revelling in the absence of several thousand links that I should be reading rather than packing up.

Proof, once again, that just because technology lets you, doesn’t mean that you should do something.