Keeping Track of Page
The URL-Minder is almost
as good as a secretary. It keeps track of any internet resources
you ask it to and sends you e-mail when those resources change.
In essence, it does what needs to be done, but doesn't use your
time to do it.
Registering to use the URL-Minder
is as easy as filling out a brief form. The pain of registration
comes when you need to enter each and every page you want to keep
track of. Of course, once you've done it, you need not do it again.
Ever. Unless of course you find additional pages you'd like to know
about or if you change your mind about the ones you've already registered.
Yes, you can unregister.
And if you forget which
pages you've already entered, never fear. Use the list
service to find out. URL-Minder will check your registrations
for you and email you a complete set of all the pages you've registered.
The drawback to URL-minder
is that it only looks at a page, not the whole site. Thus, if there's
a site with lots of pages you're interested in, you need to register
each of those pages. It might be easier just to visit the site yourself
on a periodic basis.
For those of you who are
interested in only certain sections of web pages, try the NetMind Highlighter
program. This program allows you to let NetMind know which links
or keywords you want them to be on the lookout for. If something
on the page changes that has nothing to do with your highlighted
requests, you won't be notified. A good idea for those with
already bulging mailboxes.
The URL-Minder also serves
another purpose. Do you want people to return to your pages? You
can add a link on your page to the URL-minder. If visitors to your
site register, they can get email whenever an update occurs on the
page on which they registered. You can even bypass the
middleperson so the email notice of your updates reaches them quicker.
A couple of year's ago when
Netscape and First Floor came out with SmartMarks, people
were thrilled--for a while. It allowed you to collect, organize,
and monitor sites that were important to you. It would automatically
notify you when updates occurred.
We tried it.
Then the power went out
during one of those quick passing storms. We lost all our
bookmarks. Apparently, there was a bug in SmartMarks that responded
unkindly to power outages.
The program has been updated
The newer releases have
the ability to manage thousands of bookmarks, monitor and track
page changes, and search the more common databases on the web. The
most interesting feature is the ability to receive updated HTML
bulletins from sites that change frequently. (Web designers can
code new information and enclose it as bulletins that summarize
the changes.) And, SmartMarks has plenty of the popular web site's
URLs already installed.
You can download one of
the newer versions of SmartMarks.
However, the program is
still quite slow and it requires 6 Megs of RAM. We thought we'd
wait a bit.