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A month or so ago I was browsing (using Safari and Google) for a french poster that I was going to buy as a Christmas present -- I found it, but having weeks to go, did not commit to the purchase, and then committed a cardinal sin. I neither saved the bookmark nor wrote down the key attributes of the picture that had resulted from hours of searching. Of course, I then went to find it tonight and couldn't -- Safari history is two weeks, and the google dropdown had cleared! How I wished I'd used a9 or Firefox, but no!

So the hint ... most sites are gregarious and will cookie you just to remember you. So I found the ~/Library/Cookies/Cookies.plist file and although I loaded it up in the Property List Editor program, it was structured such that the sites that created my 1,200+ cookies couldn't quickly be read. So I resorted to grep poster Cookies.plist (from within the directory in the Terminal). This got me a list of the 12 sites with 'poster' in the name that I'd ever visited. From there, I quickly found my previous shopping experience (I had saved a cart).

Of course, opening this file in any reasonable text editor -- TextEdit, vi, emacs, or even a repetitive search in Property List Editor would work, but grep was suitably quick and dirty.

Not really a big hint, but worth sharing for novices to the Unix world...
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Authored by: dturley on Nov 26, '04 10:09:14AM

This is the reason I keep HistoryHound running.
http://www.stclairsoft.com/HistoryHound/index.html

The shareware fee is worth the time savings to me when I need to go back and find a site I visited 2 months ago.

I'm not affiliated with the company in any way, just a user.



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Authored by: gospodin_david on Nov 26, '04 10:18:07AM

And when you're looking for things like this, always remember to use the -i option of grep just in case you capitalized one or more of the letters in what you're searching for.



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Authored by: Azark on Nov 26, '04 11:01:22AM
Take a look at Dowser.
Dowser is a research tool for the web. It clusters results from major search engines, associates words that appear in previous searches, and keeps a local cache of all the results you click on in a searchable database. It helps you keep track of what you find on the web.

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Authored by: Azark on Nov 26, '04 11:03:02AM

http://dowser.sourceforge.net

Sorry.

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Saft searches history and adds a whole lot more..
Authored by: msiple on Nov 27, '04 07:39:16AM

Saft also allows searches of sites you've visited (aka history). But that's only the beginning. With RSS support and more, I find it to be the must-have Safari add-on. Check it out at http://haoli.dnsalias.com/Saft/

I have no affiliation with Saft other than being a satisfied customer.



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