Goodbye Firefox?

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  1. David Tenser says:

    Sorry to see you leave Firefox! I’m glad you held on to Firefox through its bloat period, but I thought I should point out that Firefox, today, is the most memory efficient browser of the two as verified by multiple independent tests. It’s also getting faster and faster in every release (http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/21/firefox-nightly-odinmonkey/) and is already the fastest in some JS tests.

    Anyway, that wasn’t the reason why you switched to Chrome. How are you using the four different profiles/personas in Chrome? Curious about your workflow and how that could be improved in Firefox.

    Lastly, you’re right about the privacy issues with Chrome. I thought this post was a good read: http://www.campaul.net/blog/2013/03/10/why-im-switching-back-to-firefox/

    Cheers, and welcome back to Firefox any day!

    • davemackey says:

      David,
      Thanks for commenting! I have no doubts that Firefox is now the most efficient with memory – but honestly, it doesn’t matter what browser I use I regularly hit 1 GB of memory usage by the browser alone. Chrome has the “one-up” on Firefox in this matter b/c it offers the “task manager” which allows me to see how much each tab is using and end the process as I desire (its usually Gmail, Calendar, Facebook, RSS, etc. that uses up so much, I have these tabs pinned, so it is also important that Chrome doesn’t close the tab, it just crashes it and its very easy to reload without repinning).
      I’m also sure that odinmonkey will make a vast improvement to JS rendering speeds, though, honestly, I think a very small proportion of my time is spent on REALLY heavy JS sites. Sure, it’d be nice if Gmail was a bit faster and Asana responded more like a desktop app – but I doubt that odinmonkey will bring the sort of native speeds that would really tempt me.
      So, one of my profiles is my “personal” profile. It attaches to a Google Apps account. When it opens I have automatically pinned several tabs – Gmail, Facebook, Calendar, Asana, Keep. These come up every time b/c they are were I “live.”
      Now, oftentimes I need to work for, say the church, so I have a separate profile for that. I’m able to access all my Google Apps info. (which is a separate account) without any of that mishmashing of accounts (Google does a poor job w/imho), and also simultaneously flip back to my personal account. Add onto this that I have a regular gmail account that has adsense and adwords associated with it, and I need yet another profile, so I can look at my adsense/adwords data without closing out my other two profiles.
      In each case, I can have unique pinned tabs that help me accomplish what I need to accomplish – for example, in the church one, I have pinned Google Drive and Asana (which, btw, is using the same authentication as the personal profile, it is just much faster to have both workspaces open side-by-side rather than swapping back and forth…sort of like two monitors versus one).
      I also have different extensions installed with each profile – for instance, I use LastPass to manage passwords in the personal and church profiles, but not in the old gmail profile – I know the only passwords I use there…and I only use MightyText (SMS integration) in my personal profile.
      I also have bookmarks that are specifically related to each task. For example, in my personal profile I have on my bookmarks bar TWC (The Weather Channel), Freshbooks (freelance work), Feedly (RSS), Reddit, and Keep. I don’t have any of these on the bookmarks bar for the church, instead I might have a bookmark to our internal CiviCRM install or to the WordPress admin. page for the church site.
      Hope that provides some insight into my reasons…and I look forward to keeping abreast of how Firefox innovates in the future.

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