Firefox Sync, the stupidest and most unreliable thing ever
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 6:55:24 AM
I've decided to test Chrome again and so i removed Firefox completely, knowing i have all the data on their servers. I've done this before. Like hundreds of times.
It didn't quite went the same way it did before though. After deciding to install Firefox back, the sync component refused to download ANY data from the servers. I was entering the login info like crazy, using "Replace all data on this PC" all the time. Nothing. Couldn't get down the damn data.
So i had to use Xmarks and LastPass to transfer the data to the cloud (Firefox is too dumb to import passwords from Chrome obviously). After fiddling with the stuff for like 2 hours i finally managed to get the data back from Chrome.
And now the screen smashing and raging is here again. Firefox Sync also offers add-on syncing. It's all well and fine. If it fuckin worked. In Chrome, i can add or remove extensions on any computer and it will add or remove them properly. In Firefox however, on first attempt it synced just half of them. After adding the missing ones manually, and re-syncing the other computer, it removed all extensions on the other computer and haven't added anything. It re-downloaded bookmarks and passwords but hasn't done that with add-ons. After several sync attempts, nothing was added. If i'll add add-ons manually again, it will remove them on the other system.
Seriously Mozilla, if you want to fuckin copy Chrome in every thing they do, do it right. When Mozilla jumped on the major version numbers bandwagon like Chrome did from day 1, they didn't bother to think about add-ons getting broken every few weeks because of the damn minor update with major version number change. They sort of fixed that now and then they screw up again with broken add-ons syncing. Not to mention their notoriously unreliable syncing feature in general. When it was still in early beta stage and still called Weave, it worked perfectly. I've never ever had a single issue worth mentioning with it. The same day they released official version 1.0, problems started. Lost bookmarks, constant sync errors and failed connections.
If you want to rely on it you have to make backups of your bookmarks and passwords using some other tool because you never know when Firefox's sync decides to go mad and erase all of it. Or just fail to work at all. But then again, if you have to use so much stuff with it, why not just use Opera or Chrome which surprise surprise just work. I've never ever had any syncing problems with Chrome and despite few quirks with Opera Sync, i never had problems with that one either.
For ppl at Mozilla, stop releasing garbage and do something right for a change. I was always a fan of Firefox even though it didn't support the latest web technologies or was the faster. It had it's own charm and good extensions. But this now is just stupid. Get your things straight if you don't want to lose even more of your market share you're already losing...