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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Wednesday February 28, 2007
07:07 PM

Big move...

[ #32534 ]

So today I changed my default web browser from Safari to Firefox. I finally got fed up of the (now well documented) Safari slowdowns.

I will really miss some of the nicer features (mostly the RSS reader, but also better rendering of most things), but I think I'll get over it.

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  • I have yet to seem them. I might go Camino though.
    • Ah, I read up on it and I rarely do some of the "culprit" items.
      • Anything involving flash seems to do it for me - even if I close the used tabs.
        • Anything involving flash seems to do it for me - even if I close the used tabs.
          Yup, flash seems to be the killer when you have multiple tabs open. Camino b1 has a flash blocker and I am sure FF has the same thing. At least the guy who is on the Safari team knows about it and so it might get fixed "quickly".
        • The documented "performance issues" are already fixed - you can install the latest WebKit build (the browser engine behind Safari) from [] and watch your performance skyrocket ;)

          (The guys who wrote the safari performance article re-ran their tests against the WebKit nightly and updated their article to note that the performance was better or equal to FF)

          Cheers, Bradley

  • I continue to use Safari because it has two things Firefox doesn't:
    • Cocoa key bindings
    • The Services menu
    Until Firefox gets those (say "never"), I can't give those up. How are you doing without those?
    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
    • There are still two things driving me nuts right now (obviously I don't have exactly the same usage patterns as you do, but mine are personal to me):

      1) Firefox doesn't use OS-X widgets. This affects me in one critical way - double clicking on an IP address does not highlight the whole IP. This works in every other OS-X application, and I use this about 200 times a day. This is pushing me back towards Safari in a big way.

      2) The RSS reader. Safari's is sweet. I like the fact that it's nicely integrated into m