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How many times has your browser session crashed, and you've managed to lose the post you've been working on for the last 2 hours; perfecting and decorating? Doesn't it just make you wanna throw your computer out of the window? Well, its happened to me quite a bunch of times. Being in India, the electricity just goes off without any notice, and since I don't have a UPS, everything goes in an instant. So I set out to find a way of auto-saving my posts as I type them out.

At first I thought of exploiting Blogger itself, but sending regular pings to their Save as Draft address with the post details, but unfortunately that didn't work, since I ended up tons of saved drafts. Apparently Blogger doesn't do a del.icio.us, i.e. look for an existing post with the posted details and overwrite that one. So, I needed a local solution. My recent trysts with greasemonkey is making me do weird things with it. Though this was supposed to be just for me, I thought "Oh well! What the heck!"

So, here I am releasing my home-made recipe for avoiding those pitfalls. Grab the script from userscripts.org, I'd like to call it Auto-save Last Blogger Post! :)

Usage

The script auto saves your posts content every 30 characters entered. This means that you will lose your old post if you write 30 characters of your new post, since the script will overwrite the previous posts content with the new content. This will add a Return Data link which you can use to retrieve your post. So no more getting worried about losing your posts! :)

Thanks to Shikha for giving it a small initial test ride and the feedback to give it a final tweak! :) Hope you guys enjoy it too!

[Update]: Using the Bon Echo pre-release tester for a couple of weeks now, I've realized that the in-built session saver saves text-area content and forms as well. That feature makes this a little redundant, but this can be further extended now that the basic functionality has been established! :)


7 Comments

THANK YOU! I tried something similar last week, but just ended up hitting the wall and going on to more 'fun' projects. This will get installed before my next post with Blogger. I hate losing work!

Haha! You're more than welcome Steve! :) I aim to please!

Thanks for this great script.Installed it and it will be of great use during those special occassions when Firefox crashes.

hehe thx for the mention :P
i enjoyed ur script too!
not much that i did though :)

Another nice one Aditya! You are quite prolific these days.
    Anonymous phydeaux3, on Thu Jun 22, 11:13:00 PM  

You've nudged the beast!! *Muahahahahaha*
:: ahem! ::

Thanks! :)

beast.....


ummmm




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