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I’m considering an affair

27th May 2006

My beloved Firefox has been rather playful lately. She wants to play with her beachball all day long, especially when I really need to work. I love her, and she’s been my number one for five months, but things are turning sour between us.

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I really don’t want to move away from Firefox as she ticks all the boxes and she’s hot - she has so many plug-ins it’s almost embarrassing. I’m a patient man, but this can’t go on. I fear the affair may be coming to an end.

The temptation to play the field is strong right now. Safari has called, and wants me back. The other day I met a pretty young thing called Camino, and she’s been flirting all week She’s not very deep, but I love her round buttons. The very classy OmniWeb (strange name) keeps asking me to take her out, but she’s expensive and I’m not certain she’s worth it.

So, I don’t know what to do, and I’d welcome any advice. I’ve invested so much time in my relationship with Firefox that it seems unthinkable that we should split. To be honest, I’ve been cheating on her quite a bit lately, and I’ve had no such problems with the others. What can I do to increase her performance? Is it just me, or are you having similar problems?

Responses

# Jeremy responded on 27th May 2006 with...

I also have been back and forth and back and forth between browsers on my mac. I always come back to Safari. I have had affairs with firefox, and camino, and flock (which I mess around with every now and again). Firefox got way to slow and Camino was great for a bit but ended up just like Firefox. So I moved all my bookmarks back to Safari and there they will stay until I am tempted by another. But even then I am sure I will end up crawling back to Safari.

Good Luck!!!!

# Dave Foy responded on 27th May 2006 with...

What’s recently got me leaning back towards Safari again (apart from some great improvements generally in version 2.0) is the Saft plugin

Seriously, I’ve just been bowled over by it. Go into an Expression Engine CP of your choice in Safari. Go to ‘Templates’, and choose one to edit. Right click in the textarea and select the new ‘Open in…’  context menu. Choose the text editor of your choice - in my case, Textmate.

Now you can edit the template with lovely syntax highlighting and other spiffing features of your fave text editor.  Simply save any changes, and the textarea is updated instantly. Instantly, I tell ya!

No more having to save out to flat text files in EE anymore, if you ever did so.  I can’t ever be bothered anyway : (

Now probably everyone in the world knows about this, but it’s just sealed the deal for Safari for me.

Oh, and also because Firefox manages to reduce my dual 1.8 G5 (with 1.5GB RAM) to a crawl. Tho the Firebug extension is pretty wonderful…

Aaarggh!!  This must be how Hicks feels all the time : )

# Randy Peterman responded on 27th May 2006 with...

I’m quickly falling for Opera more and more on windows, and on OS X on my G4 iBook it appears to work well.  Why not Opera?

# Richard Medek responded on 27th May 2006 with...

I was using Camino for the very same reasons you mentioned; although it’s fast as heck I hated constantly switching around (FF for dev, Camino for browsing). So back to FF it was.

The biggest thing that helps me with the speed issues is to treat plug-ins like, oh, say, beer: one is enough to loosen FF up, a few and things are relaxed and everyone’s having a good time, but one too many and before you know it˜Firefox is slurring its speech, trying to make out with NewsFire, and stumbling around OS X picking fights. It’s not a pretty sight.

# Ikrk responded on 27th May 2006 with...

I ve just tried to set the “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” to 0 and it works very well. In my case, the browsing is much faster… Here you can find some info.

# Simon Collison responded on 27th May 2006 with...

Jeremy: Yep, I’m about to export all my bookmarks back to Safari. I’ve had enough.

Dave Foy: THAT IS A REVALATION!!! Wow - editing EE templates in TextMate or BB Edit straight from the admin panel! Updated instantly! Oh boy. Firefox is dumped.

Randy: Not sure why I never fell for Opera. She used to be so buggy, and often let me down. Now she’s free, maybe I’ll give her a call for a quick fumble and see how it goes.

RIchard: I didn’t think Firefox was old enough to drink. All that over-indulgence explains a lot.

lkrk: Ooh, good tip. I’ll give that a go, cuz I’ll still be needing FF to be open and ready at all times.

# Hugh responded on 27th May 2006 with...

Stay away from Camino, she’s all mine.

# Simon Collison responded on 27th May 2006 with...

Hugh: Fight you for her!

Dave Foy: Just purchased Saft and edited an EE template direct from the admin panel in TextMate, which means I can view code as I want, and use Chris Ruzin’s EE bundle to add EE tags, and I’ll probably create my own bundle of advanced stuff I use regularly. Brilliant - thank you for sharing this tip.

# Hugh responded on 27th May 2006 with...

You caught me! I’ve been paying for xyle while I’m at work.

# Dave Foy responded on 27th May 2006 with...

Hey Colly, no problem at all, couldn’t quite believe it myself!  The slight downside is that once you update the template you have to re-click and open up a new file in order to make further changes. Having said that, still think it’s well worth it.

Now, Ruzin’s got an EE Textmate bundle has he? Right, I’m off to go grab me that baby : )

# Dave Foy responded on 27th May 2006 with...

Oh my word, it’s like Christmas Day.  EE syntax highlighting, and code completion snippets. I can’t take any more excitement.

Sorry everyone, do carry on, don’t mind me…

# Simon Collison responded on 27th May 2006 with...

Dave: I know. How good is that?! I sense a whole new post once I’ve explored all this to the full, and maybe added a bundle or two of my own.

Incidentally, Safari is my default again, folks. Feels good.

# Delfi responded on 27th May 2006 with...

Same problems, that decided to abandon Firefox under MAC OS X.

Even trying this it did not work fine for me,

I guess it might be due to memory leaks of OS X, then bought more RAM. Impossible.

Firefox is built for Wintel platform.

Camnio is huge, but Safari rocks. And stands,

# Jon Hicks responded on 28th May 2006 with...

You’ve only just discovered Saft?! Colly, really!

I’m in the middle of writing a post about Web Development plugins for Safari, but there is a list here:

http://pimpmysafari.com/plugins/?c=Web+development

Out of that list, I heartily recommend the SafariStand and SafariTidy plugins (both free). In combination with Saft, Safari is one pimped up browser.

It does get awfully slow sometimes though, which is why Camino is nice to use…

# Dave Foy responded on 28th May 2006 with...

Jon: It’s funny, I’ve hovered over installing Saft a good few times but never saw what the fuss was about. Until I actually installed it that is! 

Note to self: must listen to Hicks in future…

# Maleika Attawel responded on 29th May 2006 with...

Hello Simon,

you may also like the (I think it is quite new) Tidy Safari plugin. It may not replace the FireFox Developer Toolbar but it’s still very useful. :)

Regards,

Maleika

# Dan responded on 29th May 2006 with...

I had a similar problem, because I had installed plugins that I read were “must haves.” I recently removed most of them because I figured if I hadn’t used the plugin in several weeks, I wasn’t going to use it at all. That helped tremendously with speed.

# Simon Collison responded on 30th May 2006 with...

Jon: I did install saft aeons ago back when Safari was originally my No.1. That was the free version though. This time around I’m fully paid up and loving it in combo with TextMate. I also have the other necessary plugins set up. Tidy is sweet. And yes, I have re-subscribed to the Pimp My Safari feed.

Dan: I share your pain. Seeing as I’ll only be using FF for Google calendar and site testing, I may aswell uninstall a few too. Bobbins…

# bearskinrug responded on 31st May 2006 with...

Even as she slows, and gets more tempermental, Firefox just doesn’t seem that intolerable to me. Of course, I was in that abusive relationship with Internet Explorer for so long…

# Guy Roberts responded on 31st May 2006 with...

OmniWeb was the name used in 1992 for the first web browser on NeXTStep,  the O/S used by Tim Berners Lee to thrash out the WWW.

I was using NeXTStep in Geneva at the time, sitting only about 8km from his office.  If only ...

Guy Roberts,
Nottingham.

# PanelX responded on 1st June 2006 with...

And I love and I respect with founders MyIE! It seems to Me that it is the most optimum variant of a browser!

# Brad Schiff responded on 8th June 2006 with...

I’m sorry, I have nothing meaningful to say, other than the graphic for this post is perhaps the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.  I work on a 450 mhz G4, so believe me, I’m a year or so into my affair.

# Mike responded on 13th June 2006 with...

Hi, randomly stumbled upon your page and since you mentioned having problems with firefox I thought I would point you in the direction of this

http://www.techmonkeys.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=304

basically a guide to some config tweaks you can perform to ff and which seem to have had a very positive effect for a lot of people on the tech forum it is posted on. no idea if it will help with your issues but hope it does :)

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