Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Foxmarks 2.0.38 Released

We just released an update to the Foxmarks extension for Firefox. It incorporates a number of fixes and improvements to address the most common problems that we've heard about from users. If you've been having trouble syncing, we recommend you download this version, as it may well be just the thing you needed.

UPDATE: If you're having trouble installing from the wiki page, try right-clicking the link to "Save the link as..." (ctrl-click under Mac OS X), then install from your desktop by dragging the file and dropping it on a Firefox window. For more information on extension installation failures, check out Mozilla's page on the topic.

As for the server, we're making continuous strides on improving efficiency and performance. A change we completed this evening improves overall throughput substantially; this will translate into fewer "Server is unavailable" messages during our peak hours.

Version 2.0.38 also has a role in this equation. Previous versions of the extension had a not-so-well conceived backoff strategy if it found the server was busy: it would try again in two minutes. This is like everyone hitting redial on their phone trying to get through to the radio station that's giving away Celine Dion tickets: it just clogs the circuits so that no one gets through. By being less aggressive (some might even say less obnoxious) in its backoff strategy, this new version of the extension will allow more people will be able to get through in a more orderly fashion.

This last bit won't yield visible benefits until the new version is in wide use. So if all goes well, we'll be making this update available on the Mozilla Add-ons site for general distribution later this week.

If you see something strange in this new version that you'd like to alert us about, please feel free to post here. If you have a problem that requires a response, please send email to support.


  1. I am still getting an error dialog that shows, "Foxmarks:Status" in the title and then msg text as, "Last Sync: Dec 31st, 3:13pm". Can you point me in a direction to resolve? Not sure if this is the new version or just something with my system. I was seeing this in the version 2.0.36.


  2. Forgot to mention the most important part ... the dialog box never goes away. You can click "OK" (only option) and then it comes right back.

  3. The file can't download. When I try to download/open the .xpi file, it says there was a 203 download error.

  4. any plans for firefox 3 beta support?

  5. Just synched a new computer and find the BookMarks Toolbar is loaded with little pages, bent upper-right corner. They aren't links. The data on My Foxmarks account look to be in order. What gives?

    Version is v.2.0.34 - the latest on Mozilla. Firefox

  6. I still receive a -223 Download error from the site. I have tried it on multiple computers to no avail. Same with all other links in the wiki.

  7. Having trouble downloading the update from the wiki site perhaps its being overloaded, have had multiple errors in the download, 228 was the last.

    However foxmarks .36 is running great a few sync issues from time to time, but still a great extension, and likely cause by the redial issue.

    The favicon sync would be a usefull feature, i seem to have lost all mine when i first switched to 2.000.x

  8. The wiki site is currently working. The extension is working great.

  9. Copying;

    To a download manager and forcing it to get the link has now worked, could not get it via the site it failed each time.