Not that long ago Firefox was the best thing on the planet. Remember laughing at your fuddy-duddy coworkers or friends still using internet explorer? Well since you drive a Datsun I guess you’re used to going slow.
Looks like the joke is on us.
At work this week, my firefox browser crashed an average of 6 times per day. When I say crash I don’t mean that it froze up, it does that about 100 times per day. I mean a hard crash.
Would you like to send an error report to Mozilla?
Shit why not.
Connecting to error reporting server……. Checking status of problem (haha)… Error reporting complete.
I should add, I push my computer and software very hard.
At work I usually run the following applications:
- Outlook, 5-10 mails open at any given time
- Excel, 3-5 spreadsheets with 100-200 lines each
- Word 2007, 2-4 docs
- Notepad, 1-2 .txt docs
- Gimp 2, for 4chan and reports and stuff
- Firefox, 5-15 tabs open
- Core FTP Lite, a very nice and light FTP client (also free)
- Sometimes iTunes, or the like
At home I run Windows Vista (dual booted with Ubuntu linux, which is another story) on a HP Pavillion dv6000 laptop. While my home computer is far superior to my work computer, I don’t usually push it as hard:
- Windows Mail (some light child molester mail client bundled with Vista, 1-2 mails)
- Firefox (2-3 tabs)
- Core FTP (ibid)
Yet, Firefox still breaks down like a hooker at church.
I’ve found a few possible reasons for this:
- Firefox’s tabbed system is flawed and feels like it’s leeching resources (ram and bandwidth) from the other tabs whereas IE appears to almost open a new instance of the program in each tab, if that makes sense.
- Because of the above leeching, Firefox often gets confused and doesn’t move smoothly between tabs (sometimes even puts content from one tab onto another—yay meebo chat in Google Analytics!)
- Firefox was built by open-source hippies that look like ones below:
The photo above is an honest to goodness picture of the people who wrote “Python For Dummies” (for extra credit, research the woman on the right’s polyamory interests–i’m not kidding). Thanks to Tannaz and her internet ninja skills for resurrecting this image for me.
Protip: to find original pictures of really authentic looking programmers (not the stereotypical joke pics) kindly phrase your google image queries thusly: “<any programming language>+ expert”.
Back To Firefox:
I did a few tests using IE vs. Firefox and the results speak for themselves:
These three tabs (meebo running, blog editing, video playing) used this much RAM:
Now IE, same tabs, same actions:
80k, thats more like it. Notice something funny though. I had closed all the tabs in Firefox but my homepage (Yahoo.com) and it was still burning 208k! Who says the Firefox memory leak was a myth? If so, can you explain this to me?
The sad thing is, the cult of Firefox and all the “it’s faster, it’s better…” talk has affected me because even in the face of all this, I’m writing this using Firefox.
This goes to show how effective counter-culture marketing is. Look at VW, Apple, American Spirit Cigarettes for further examples.