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Addiction to the internet is cruel. It doesn’t release you from its locking grip and worse, draws you deeper into the realms of the internet anti-socialites. One site links to another and the clicking never ceases. While browsing one story, another interesting one might just arouse your curiosity and – click, down the rabbit hole. You know what I’m talking about, right?

The average number of hours that a person is reported to surf the internet is approximately 1 hour/day. I’m guessing that those are the “regular” people and the sample population doesn’t include “techno-geeks” like us who spend the better part of the day browsing the Web.

For those of us who work online, we’d spend up to 10 hours/day browsing and researching about anything new and gripping. The problem is: there is never enough time to browse through everything. Because of the infinite number of links that tempt us, there are always some left-over. Sometimes, some sites just might seem interesting but you couldn’t really go into it at that moment. So what do you do?

Do you bookmark it? Do you open it in a new window and leave it there?

I have found that if I bookmark a webpage, I tend to forget about it the next time I open Safari. Luckily, I’ve run into a pretty clever way of using Stacks to keep sites temporarily until I have the time to browse through them some time later.


By creating a new folder anywhere (I put mine in Documents but anywhere is fine, really) and naming it “To Read Later” then adding it as a Stack on my Dock, I can just drag the favicon from any website from Safari into that Stack. It will be saved as a .webloc file (which is basically just a URL). This way, all of the websites which you need to read a little later are displayed right on your Dock. With Stacks, you will always know if there are sites pending to be viewed.

This next step is entirely optional because it’s merely eye-candy – you can add a Stacks drawer overlay so that the folder icon won’t pop up with the Stack is empty. Instead, it will show a blank drawer icon and you will know that you’ve gone through everything that needs to be read!

Here are some Stacks drawer icons. Download it, mount it, then add the icon of your choice into your Stack. If the drawer icon doesn’t load properly, just remove that Stack and add it again to your Dock. The icon should always appear in front of the contents of your folder. If it doesn’t, you will need to arrange it by ‘Date Modified’.

How else do you remember which sites you need to come back to read slightly later? Are you using Read It Later Get The Awesome Read it Later Extension For Firefox 3 Get The Awesome Read it Later Extension For Firefox 3 Read More Firefox extension that we covered earlier? Do you rely solely on bookmarks? Let us know in the comments.

  1. guest
    October 28, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Moved my Dock to the left side of screen and stacks are not working as it should (curvy line of icons), is it a bug ? Works as a folder only. can i do something to get it working like when the Dock was @ bottom of the screen ?

    • Jackson Chung
      October 29, 2009 at 11:27 am

      The Fan view is disabled if the dock is placed on either sides of the screen.

  2. Time Saving Tips
    December 24, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Cool idea. I prefer a bookmarking site like Backflip or Twine, or even my favorite to-do list because I access the internet from different machines a lot.
    This tool seems good for people who stay on the same machine most of the time.

  3. Hayley
    December 19, 2008 at 11:39 am

    ah! what a great idea! I have had the same problem time and again - and my bookmarks have just become a huge, unorganized mess! Thanks for the tip! :D

    • Jackson Chung
      December 23, 2008 at 4:00 pm

      And it's another use for Stacks!

  4. Preston
    December 18, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Great Post! Of course there are some other ways of doing this, but this presents a nice graphical way of remembering things you want to check out.

    • Jackson Chung
      December 19, 2008 at 12:14 am

      Exactly what I was aiming for.

  5. aoi_sora9x
    December 17, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    can't we just use Read It Later firefox extension?

  6. Chewy
    December 17, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    You can also do this in windows with object dock or rocketdock and the Stacks docklet.

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