Thursday, March 24, 2011

Firefox 4 Two Days

I was aware of the release of Firefox since Day 1, and kept trying to use numerous beta or trial version or even the minefield (sounds scary as the name or the real experience?) before the official release. However every time I just switched back to my lovely and sleek Chrome. Don't blame my patience, it just never worked out.

But this time, I have to say, the FF4 release is a huge success in terms of every aspect I can consider so far. The speed improvement is the topic that people keeping discussing all these two days. It's dramatically speed up everything even ten tabs are opening at the same time. The memory is another point I reckon, which used to consume nearly 700-800 MB on my poor machine, now can stably up and down around 300-400 MB. Actually this is one of the killing point for my working machine since this old PC always needs to Intellij Idea, WebLogic, SQLDeveloper and all sorts of dev tools all at once, you know how hard time I am having.

Another thing I like FF better than Chrome is it can temporarily record down the input you have put in before. Next time, you don't need to repeat those lengthy characters but just double click the text field. For me it's really helpful since I have do those boring task everyday to make sure programs never being screwed up.

Because it's only Day 2, I don't mind the add-ons are not ready for use. But please, guys, at least make some of the most common tools available ASAP. I have spent nearly half an hour this morning trying to find a good add-on for twitter. You will know the result if you do the same search now, not two days later, I reckon things may change less than 48 hours because weekend is coming :)

Anyway, now I have both Chrome and FF running at the same time finally (which also thanks for the latest upgrade of the memory), each sitting in a monitor. Before I make any final decision to stick on which browser, I will hang over, or later I may get used to the dual browser environment. Should I?

P.S. It would be nice if we can have a cross-browser bookmark application. Any recommendations?

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