Exchanging a slow Safari for Firefox 3.5
Despite how much I love the new Safari 4 features, I have been experiencing some really poor performance as of late ... specifically, a 3-5 second stall at every new window launch, new tab or trying to scroll through a part of a page I had not been using previously. Though it may be due entirely to the upgrade to Snow Leopard, I don't have anything concrete to back up that theory and am forced to wait for an dot update from Apple.
In the interim, I have switched over to Firefox. Not my favorite by a long shot, but still a decent browser ... especially with the help of its mighty plug-in system. Besides the Chromifox theme, which is just for fun, there are plenty of extensions that make browsing pretty bearable in the Mozilla world.
Here are some of my favorites, though a few still need to be updated to work with 3.5 ...
- 1Password - Everyone's favorite pword manager
- Charles - A nifty, but not free, bandwidth throttling system
- CodeBurner - I haven't found a good workflow for this yet (I prefer my Coda Reference Books), but you might
- Cooliris - A great tool for finding photo references or just getting lost in some Flickr artwork
- Delicious - Direct deli.ico.us bookmark integration ... the only way to fly
- Download Statusbar - Keeping that pesky download window out of your hair
- Fangs - Seeing from the screen-reader's standpoint
- Fast Dial - A poor replacement for Safari's Top Sites, but it will have to do for now
- Firefox PDF Plugin - In-browser PDF viewing
- Pronounce - A sweet lil' addition for all you English language and vocabulary lovers out there
- RetailMeNot - Great coupon site ... and a great auto-sensing plugin
- Searchbar Autosizer - Kinda silly that you need it, but so helpful once you have it
- Web Developer Toolbar - I still like Safari's Develop menu for some things, but this is the de facto standard for web development tools.
- 2012 Browser Plugin Rundown
- I recently moved to the newest version of OSX, 10.8 Mountain Lion, so that of course means that I spent some time updating applications, clearing out old plugins and just in general cleaning out. For your benefit and my own archival reference, here is a short list of all the plugins and extensions I had ...
- Chrome for Mac – Now with Extensions
- The last couple of weeks I have been going back and forth between Firefox and Safari as my default web browser, trying to appreciate their full-featured nature over the fact that they are both so sluggish in comparison to the lovely Chrome Beta. Thankfully, Google announced support for two of the things that have really ...
- Google Chrome on the Mac
- It has been a few days now since Ars Technica announced Google's Developer Preview for Chrome on the Mac and I have been loving every minute of it. While I do miss the robust plugin architecture of Firefox and the slickness of Safari 4's "Top Sites", Chrome's speed trumps all. New tabs and windows are quick ...
- 2014 Browser Plugin Roundup
- It is that time of year again! We've moved past the initial NYE resolutions and the fresh feeling the winter solstice brings and now it is up to us individually to clean things up and push forward with resolve. This of course includes the obligatory OS X re-install (coming soon) as well as removing outdated ...
- A Culture of Discipline
- While reading a book for work, "Good to Great" by Jim Collins, I found myself at this statement: "A culture of discipline involves a duality. On the one hand, it requires people who adhere to a consistent system; yet, on the other hand, it gives people freedom and responsibility within the framework of that system." Sounds familiar ...