yea.. the ones up there.

I have always been a tabs freak. Opening multiple windows of IE in old days always freaked me out.
The quest for tabbed browser on windows took me to Crazy Browser, which was a kindof wrapper around IE. It was nice, but I soon got a lot interested in Opera for its smoothness and integrated mail support. The tabs were ofcourse there. Opera taught me mouse gestures, which I can’t browse without now. Later after much resistance, I ditched opera and shifted to firefox.

FF had nice tabs support but that wasnt’t enough for me now. I had multiple ff windows open with 10s of tabs in each window. So for better tabs management I ended up using tabbrowser extension. It had nice hierarchy view of tabs, which would go to side of browser. I was hooked to it. But it was never ported to firefox 2. I too tried but it was so much work. I then found TabGroups which is serving the purpose well enough.

Tabs! who needs them ?
Well I do. On a random day I counted 62. Average would be above 40.

How come ?
Browse a lot. And then work related stuff. And accumulate it. Get a nice link, don’t get time to read it, and it stays there. At this moment, longest pending is What every programmer should know about memory, 10 days and counting. When it gets too much, i sit and scan them all, do some quick reading, and close them all; almost all.

Memory ?
Yea, ff is screwed up big time about memory usage. It used to eatup upto 70% of my 1Gig. I never tolerated any app to consume memory more than required. But ff was exception. I always said ‘Get lost. Its for firefox. pkill’. Current version is though more friendly with memory. Stays near 20% of 1.5G. But yeah, its never running for too long.

I would also like to mention other apps for providing tabs and making my life easier : Vim, Pidgin, Mrxvt and Icewm(workspaces).
Never used, but like Yahoo Mail for keeping tabs.

A poor soul sitting all day in front of monitor can’t think nothing better to blog about than tabs.
Tabs were worth a mention on my blog.

10 Responses to “tabs”

  1. pkj Says:

    if only you had 5 more tabs on that random day :P

  2. pkj Says:

    btw, i have adopted skp’s philosopy open what you want to read and close when you are done (even if it is google reader, which i spend more time on than gmail :O). so at max, 4-5 tabs are open for me and most times only gmail in a single tab (i never close gmail). But ff still hogs ~500M of 1G :(.

  3. Kunal Says:

    my FF has been running for the last 5 days with almost 10-30 tabs open at any time (more tabs open in mornings, and lesser as I get busy with work) but still the memory usage has never gone over 15% of the 1G..
    The FasterFox extension has been working great for me…

    and looks like I found from you which browser to use, even I went the IE -> Crazy Browser -> Opera -> Firefox way :)

  4. skp Says:

    @pkj : B-) yup, 1-5 tabs on a given day ….

    @Kunal : more than firefox its all kinds of extensions which hog memory as far as I think …

    @smr : dude no probs, you love tabs, you can blog about it ….. but if u love beer u just mention it in the god damn fking first line and thats abt it …. well make a trip to Hyd soon !!

  5. Sreejith Says:

    i am very finicky about closing tabs after opening and reading the content… never more than 6-8 at any time!! not everyone is a geek :P

  6. Maruti Borker Says:

    I open arnd 10-15 tabs a day , i went thru IE->Firefox , then i tried some new browsers like SeaMonkey ,Flock etc , but again shifted back to Firefox .

    I use TabMixPlus for tab managemnt its cool …

  7. Rakesh Says:

    I like tabs only in browser.. in case of Yahoo ! it sucks ..un-necessarily takes loads of time opening a new mail..

    @PKJ: Nice observation..
    @SKP: Did u get the pun behind PKJ’s first comment? .. I think its slightly context sensitive :)
    @SMR: Dude ! Parry must have missed it … but i see 62 also as an nice no ;)

  8. smr Says:

    @pkj: then that would be a special day; not random.
    @kunal: cool. will give fasterfox a try. Might be true for Crazy Browser, I did get it from net before had seen it on network.
    @skp: if only i had 62 empty cans in my room on a random day. psst.. there are 30 empty bottles btw.
    @pkj,skp: when i think i have no tabs open, it still counts 15+. Don’t know how to do that.
    @sreejith: :) it looks like a real mess sometimes. but can’t help.
    @maruti: i use that too. its nice. its more of tabs configuration than management.
    @rakesh: can’t remember 62. hints ?? P* ?

  9. Rakesh Says:

    @SMR: PS

  10. nipun Says:

    a bit late in posting here, but i’ve wanted to comment on this - am one of the people who’ve been having a really complicated love hate relationship with ff … what with multiple windows with 10+ tabs in each, used to get really screwed with just 1 gig … but what with radically increased workload, seems problems are solved, the wrong way :(

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