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      • #320500 Reply
        Da Boss

        Don’t know about you, but my list of browser Favorites goes on and on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Tools in all of the browsers for managing links are r
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      • #321363 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        In researching this I’ve seen:

        We have set a 90 day time limit on each version of this product, to ensure that our customers keep up to date with the latest, most reliable, version and prevent early, less reliable, versions from remaining available.

        and from Deanna’s Freeware Spotlight:

        it’s just a way to make sure you always update to the latest build

        But what actually happens at the end of 90 days?

        My browser bookmarks have definitely grown unwieldy, even when carefully sorted into folders… and this looks like a great solution, especially being able to tag them, and screening for dead links… and I don’t mind testing… but I sure don’t want to come to depend on something if it expires in 90 days.

        Do I just have to allow or initiate an update, or uninstall/reinstall, or what?

        And I’m not finding a privacy policy… there is a browser included in Rons WebLynx… and between Pale Moon and Google Chrome there is a huge difference in privacy. Is the developer collecting info from the use, so they can develop further, or all private, or what? This sounds like something I’ve needed, and would use… but need to know this before I download and try it, and haven’t been able to find it, myself.

        Non-techy Win 10 Pro and Linux Mint experimenter

        • #329991 Reply

          Hello there,

          The author of WebLynx here.

          The 90 day limit is in place at the moment because WebLynx is still in very active development. (Just the feedback from this blog alone has generated a whole list of fixes and features). We really don’t want to leave old versions behind at this point, but the limit will be removed in the future.

          We will make sure new versions are available for re-install well within the 90 day limit, which will reset the limit to 90 days. Check the WebLynx history page for confirmation.

          The in app browser was really added as a quick way to see the content of the link, more to help management, rather than to be used as fully fledged browser. We understand the privacy concerns and will look into anything browser engine related.

          We collect nothing related to browsing activity. Period.

          Full disclosure: all our product call home for new version availability checks.

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          • #330091 Reply
            AskWoody MVP

            Thank you for acknowledging and addressing the concerns  I had.

            I was looking for reasons to be able to move forward and try this, because it does something I really need, in terms of being able to organize and access my bookmarks… so I’ll definitely be trying this out.

            It really says something that you are listening and responsive to feedback… and in such a case, Ron’s WebLynx will only get better. Thank you, again.

            Non-techy Win 10 Pro and Linux Mint experimenter

      • #321642 Reply
        rc primak

        I’d like to see someone write an open-source version of this app, and take out all those mandatory upgrade strings. I think that can be done. That would be a program I might consider using. But never a product with a built-in expiration date, no matter how benign.

        -- rc primak

      • #321804 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        The real question is if I did not take the time to tag and organize my bookmarks when I saved them who thinks I will take the time to do it NOW ?? My Mozilla (PaleMoon) bookmarks will suffice!


        Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
      • #329108 Reply

        I manage many hundreds of links via my own home page(s). It’s a file on my HD which I make the home page of each browser I use—so none of the clunky importing & using of imported links, or trying to keep 3-4 sets of bookmarks in sync.

        I got the idea from John Dvorak’s home page last decade, and it’s served me well. Of course I stick a dozen fav daily sites on my browser nav bars, but that’s it.

        It’s far superior to any bookmark system if you want to make a little note beside a link, eg ‘Good sales here in Jan & June’, ‘the registry utils are great’, etc—or you want to make a link stand out with eg color or font. And of course, as Woody said, bookmarks aren’t practical for large link collections.

        Making the page(s) is simple with a WYSIWYG—aka visual or graphical—HTML editor. You don’t need any CSS or anything else. I use Microsoft Expression Web 4 (Free Version), where I need to click on one button in the toolbar—the ‘Insert Link’ button. It also has a code view if that’s your thing, so overall very nice for making basic web pages.

        You can make extra pages for sections where you have a lot of links, eg Tech, Sports, Movies etc. You can have 3-4 columns of links in a page if you prefer that and are interested to explore basic HTML a bit.

        Alienware Aurora R6; Win10 Home x64 1803; Office 365 x32
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        • #329328 Reply
          AskWoody Plus

          Sadly it seems John has not blogged at his site for several months. It used to be the first place i visited everyday.

          As for bookmarks FF or now PaleMoon gives me all (well nearly) I want.


          Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
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