Firefox, one of my favorite browsers just fell under the category of fat memory and processor consuming beast on the Mac OSX. It is a sad fact, not using it much it can consume easily around 500 MB of memory, and pushing it just a bit makes the processor consumes anything from 10% to 90%.
I use Firefox and Chrome a lot for testing the applications that I”m building and I have always liked Firefox best since Firebug (one of Firefox best extensions) help’s considerably for troubleshooting anything from JS errors to HTML malformed and simple CSS changes.
It is truly sad, but between having my machine overheating and not using Firefox, not using it seems more of a logical decision.
I was pretty bored yesterday night so I decide to mess up with the Firefox Personas (or themes, skins, etc). Following the instructions, with a little effort, I could manage to create one and using the Personas Plus it as easy to test.
Choose an image, created the theme, submitted to Mozilla and after an excruciating 24 hours period, it got approved (yeay).
Check it out and, hey, why not, activate it on your Firefox 😀
Time after time I update my Firefox add on list with the best around:
- top of the list – a must have – Firebug
- Developer toolbar
- Clear DNS Cache
- Poster – Great to debug AJAX requests
- Live HTTP headers (get this one using the Firefox internal add-on search)
And for mobile development:
- User Agent Switcher
- WML browser
- XHTML mobile profile
- FireMobileSimulator – Excellent for simulating Japanese Phones
- Subscriber Info
For more add-ons check the Firefox add-ons check the Firefox add-ons search: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/
This video from show some great tips and tricks to fine tune your Firefox. It’s already not fair for the other browsers to know that Firefox is already the faster browser, and with some fine tunning, it feels like a jet.
The guy on the video reminds me some old teachers I had, but the legends are much fun. Besides that, all the tips he gave to fine tune your Firefox works very well. Check it out.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will release today, at noon, EDT the new IE 8 (link to IE8 beta page – will update when the new one comes).
This will give Microsoft a slightly advantage over it’s principal competitor Firefox 3.5.
As any web developer I’m not as much excited as any user should be, since this will be one more IE to test web applications (IE 6 and 7 still up :[ ).
Let’s now wait for the new IE and see how it will handle on Vista and XP.