Posts tagged Web Browsers

Does Your Mac Get Slow After a Couple Hours of Use? It’s Probably Safari’s Fault

In the past couple of months, I started noticing that my MacBook Pro would slow down to almost unusable speeds after a couple of hours of use. This was troubling because my computer was loaded with 4GB of RAM and a 2.66 GHz i7 processor, so it should be plenty fast. Anyway, when I would notice my Mac running extremely slowly, I would generally exit all the apps I was running, and restart the computer. This would solve the problem temporarily, but after a couple more hours of use, my Mac would be running very slowly again.

I started investigating this and what I found was that if you have Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, then Safari is most likely the reason why your system is running slowly. I discovered this by opening up Activity Monitor and finding that two processes, Safari and Safari Web Content, were hogging most of the CPU capacity, and the memory usage would climb significantly the longer you had Safari open.

Once I decided Safari was to blame, I did some Google searches on the topic and found that I was not alone. This thread on Apple’s support forum has hundreds of comments from users who have discovered the same thing. Some of the users note that keeping Gmail open in Safari makes the problem even worse.

Since I could not find a fix that would make Safari stop leaking memory and hogging processor power, I switched my default browser over to Google Chrome and my system is running lightning fast again. I will not be using Safari again until Apple fixes this.

Microsoft Will Silently Upgrade Everyone To Latest Version Of IE

Finally. Although I’d rather Microsoft just upgrade everyone to Chrome.

Anyone else realizing that Safari (the browser) is severely outdated and slow? Chrome destroys it.

Update 5/21/2012: I wrote a post about why Safari is slowing down your Mac

Firefox 6 ships, but we shouldn't really pay attention

The Mozilla organization has shipped Firefox 6, eight weeks after the release of Firefox 5. Just as with Firefox 5, not a lot has visibly changed. The domain name in the address bar is now highlighted, to make phishing more apparent—mimicing a similar feature already found in Internet Explorer—sites with “extended verification” certificates appear slightly differently in the address bar, and Mozilla is claiming that there’s some speed improvement. And that’s about the extent of it. More substantial improvements are in the pipeline for Firefox 7—most notably a JavaScript engine that uses much less memory—but nothing so substantial is evident in version 6.

You can download the latest version of Firefox here, but you may want to hold off for a couple of weeks to ensure all of your add-ons work when you upgrade.

IE Users Have Lower IQ Than Users of Other Web Browsers [STUDY]

This is a hilarious study. And there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s true.