Firefox 1.5

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I have been a beta tester for this new release of Firefox and I have greatly enjoyed its new speed and new features. I strongly suggest checking it out. I certainly prefer it to Internet Explorer. I am addicted to tabbed browsing and IE didn't add that feature until very recently. Now the only reason to use IE is for web sites that were designed poorly.

Josh Poulson

Posted Tuesday, Nov 29 2005 07:38 PM

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it is very nice to use, but do you find that it slows things down on your computer. i find that other application lag a bit when i have the browser open.


Posted Wednesday, Nov 30 2005 11:59 AM

I haven't found Firefox to be any worse or better for machine speed than IE. After all, both will suck down a lot of memory with normal surfing.

Firefox's impact on memory usage is highly configurable.

Josh Poulson

Posted Wednesday, Nov 30 2005 05:41 PM

In what regards is it faster? Are pages loading faster? I downloaded and installed it today and can't say I really notice anything different. Right now it is sucking up 98MB of RAM, but it will go higher, I'm sure. What's your technique for getting it to use less RAM?


Posted Thursday, Dec 1 2005 02:55 PM

To me it seems that Firefox renders more quickly than 1.0.6 did on my machine, all other things being equal. I do have a pretty quick Internet connection, and I do allow a 100MB disk cache, but I have Firefox set to clear my cache when I shut it down.

One thing that will make Firefox very quickly is using the Adblock extension to filter out all the flash ads and other wasteful content. I have adblock off at the moment (there were some difficulties with it during the beta) but I'll likely reenable it soon.

Josh Poulson

Posted Thursday, Dec 1 2005 03:02 PM

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