Switching to Opera


When I first started using it, Google’s Chrome browser seemed like a huge leap forward: a thread for each open tab, what’s not to like about that?

Latterly, though it has felt more and more like a drag: run it for any length of time and your computer will thrash or even freeze as it is such a poor manager of resources and/or a major leaker of memory.

The answer, so I have read, is to use Opera – so that is what I am doing. Will report on progress in a few weeks.

In your face, fan bois


Image representing Safari as depicted in Crunc...
Image via CrunchBase

There is something very annoying about Apple users: they pay twice as much as the rest of us for stuff and then think that they are the clever and cool ones. How does that work?

Well, here’s some bad news for them: their browser is almost certainly broken.

If you look at the graphs on this post, you can see that Safari seems to get worse with every iteration – the opposite to the way Internet Explorer and Firefox are going.

Ha ha.

That is all.

Time to ditch Firefox?


The results of the Acid3 test on Google Chrome 4.0
Image via Wikipedia

Just about every internet user, even if they have never used Firefox, owes the Mozilla Foundation an enormous amount for the creation of Firefox.

It’s injection of competition back into the mass browser market stimulated a new drive towards standards and speed that has made a huge difference to all users: Internet Explorer 6 came out in 2001 and languished, largely unimproved until Firefox’s success finally prompted a new version of IE, in 2006 and since then competition has been fierce.

But is Firefox really up to it any more? I have just tried the javascript bench marks on http://jsbenchmark.celtickane.com and my copy of Firefox (it is still my browser of choice at home) scored just 89 on average over 10 runs. Google Chrome managed 313 on the same box (a now quite old Pentium D).

And, of course, Chrome is more standards compliant. It doesn’t quite smoothly progress to 100/100 on the Acid 3 test – but it does get there, while my version of Firefox only manages 94/100.