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Set Firefox profile directly within the application bundle
Authored by: tedw on Nov 18, '09 02:37:20PM

even the most tight-knit families keep personal items in separate drawers, and keep their clothes in separate spaces in the closet. it's natural to have those kinds of minor divisions to keep things simple. On a computer, the easiest and best way to do that is with separate user accounts. There's nothing saying that you can't share each other's passwords, and no reason why you can't set up things that are best held in common (like music and videos) so that they are shared between accounts, of course. using a combined account, though, means you have to do tricky things (like this firefox hack) to keep some separation between what the two of you are doing, and runs the risk that your spouse will do something (say, tidy up a few folders, or add an application) that will accidentally delete, mangle, or otherwise muck up files that you need.

I mean, I get it: there's an intimacy issue and a laziness issue, both of which work against separate user accounts. but it's not like you're *actually* saving yourself any effort by using a single account, and you're opening the door to a whole unfortunate can of worms by doing so.

Even if you choose not to, please do tell your kids to do it. I've seen too many college students post requests for help because they let their dorm-mates use their account, and the dorm-mates borked the system on them.



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