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10 October 2007 @ 12:33 am
Back to an old friend  
Firefox has become so bogged down with Cool Features™ that it now uses about triple the memory of its Microsoft counterpart[citation needed].

Consequently, I have returned to using Opera, although it's decidedly better than the Opera I used to use back in the day.

Unexpectedly, and I have no idea what it's doing right (or Firefox is doing wrong), but not only is my PC running a lot more smoothly due to the reduced memory load, but webpages are loading noticeably faster. I'm currently shaped (stupid lack of bandwidth), so had just accepted that pages would naturally load at a snail's pace - but Opera is somehow getting them to me in pretty good time1.

The downside is that I had Firefox pretty well tweaked to work the way I liked, and Opera seems not to be quite as customisable - but I think it's partly this high level of customisability that was bringing Firefox down.

So, yeah, I think I'm better off with a faster, more resource-efficient browser than one that I've got set to hide the number of messages in my gmail spam folder.

1. Okay, it's still a snail's pace, but it's noticeably faster than the "start loading a page, go and make a cup of tea and maybe it will be ready when you come back" I've been getting with Firefox.
Current Music: Cake - Opera Singer
Jacobyak_boy on October 10th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
Naturally, a big factor is how much RAM you have to begin with. if you've got heaps and aren't actually running out, the extra RAM usage doesn't make any real difference. Sadly, not the case for me.
Some guy called Lap?harkon on October 10th, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)
Annoyingly, Opera is my "timewasting" browser, so I use it for stuff like LJ and gaming forums and stuff. When I do work, FF is faster, but it becomes when I'm doing big multitasking things. Having a dozen PDFs open, Word, EndNote, plus a statistics package means RAM does kinda become an issue. But given the power of FF, I've made the cuts elsewhere by running things like FoxIt Reader instead of Acrobat.

I wish it were the other way around, where the bloated FF was used for stuffing around and I used Opera for work stuff. What really confounds me is the general uselessness of so many of the widgets in Opera. Many of them I just have no need to use and I suspect many of them horribly bloat Opera too. Once I tried setting up the fish tank thing for a class of lower primary kids to do some money stuff and I had to scrap it because not only was it hogging RAM, it was using all the CPU cycles too.