Opera is my primary browser, but I increasingly use Firefox because some Ajax-y sites work better in it, and because sometimes (for testing and such) you need multiple browsers. Anyway, my Firefox, I found, kept getting awfully slow, and sometimes would seem to put a drag on my system. That didn’t make sense.
It turned out not to be the fault of the browser itself but instead of a memory leak in a plug-in called Session Saver that I’d installed so I could shut down and restart Firefox with the same set of open browser tabs. Thanks to the invaluable Lifehacker I discovered that (a) Session Saver was the culprit, and (b) I could replace it with a different plugin called Tab Mix Plus that offered more options and no memory leak.
Of course, Opera is the original session-saving champion. Since Opera stabilized this feature several years ago I have never lost my open tab set to a program crash or system freeze. And I’m afraid my work habits involve some pretty serious open tabbing. At the moment, for instance, I’ve got seven separate Opera windows with a total of 79 open tabs. The open tabs represent my “to read” queue, my “maybe I’ll blog about this” pile, and sometimes just my “gee, forgot to close that search” residue. In other words, the current browser session is my work, in progress. Losing it is not an option. Thankfully, I never need to think about that any more.
[tags]browsers, opera, firefox, open tabs[/tags]
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