I have a habit of collecting information as well as other stuff. In the case of my Internet surfing habits, I have tried multiple methods. Initially, as is typical, I used the bookmark manager provided by the browser, organizing the URLs in a hierarchical manner. When the number of URLs started to grow, I started storing the bookmarks in separate files, named with year, month and date.
Finally, when the number of files got large, I decided to use a bookmark manager to merge multiple HTML files into a single HTML file.
Over a period of time, I realized that hierarchical layout is not optimal. As Gmail had released around the same time, I took inspiration from it’s email ‘labeling’ method as opposed to hierarchical folders.
As labeling is not possible in a browser, I started maintaining a separate text file to copy the bookmarks into. To make my task easier, I also wrote and published a plugin for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers.
After trying out the ‘one bookmark file per month’ method, I am using the ‘one bookmark file per year’ method.
Thus, a sample of URLs covering the topic of ‘sensor cleaning for a Canon DSLR are stored as below
gadgets, camera, cleaning | Canon sensor cleaning: remove dust in 4 steps | http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/03/27/canon-sensor-cleaning-remove-dust-in-4-steps/ gadgets, camera, cleaning | Capturing the image: Sensor cleaning | http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/infobank/capturing_the_image/sensor_cleaning.do gadgets, camera, cleaning | Do you Clean your Own Sensor? | http://digital-photography-school.com/do-you-clean-your-own-sensor/ gadgets, camera, cleaning | Manual Sensor Cleaning (Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera) | https://support.usa.canon.com/kb/index?page=content&id=ART138017 gadgets, camera, cleaning | Sensor cleaning part 1 | http://www.eos-magazine.com/articles/cleaning/partone.html gadgets, camera, cleaning | Sensor cleaning part 2 | http://www.eos-magazine.com/articles/cleaning/parttwo.html gadgets, camera, cleaning | Sensor Cleaning | http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/sensor-cleaning.aspx
PS: The end result is that I have collected many bookmarks, but Google search is still my ‘go to’ tool for all practical purposes.