Browser habits of an I.T. Manager February 23, 2007Posted by Matsu in Apple, Information Technology, Software, Web.
This afternoon I was trying to show Chris Davis some web pages that I wanted him to change and I realized my computer was quickly approaching my browser’s maximum limit for open web pages. It was running slow and becoming unresponsive. I use Apple’s Safari on a Mac laptop. I told Chris that we would just have to wait for my computer to catch up. He laughed and suggested I blog about my browser habits. So, Chris, here’s the post!
No, there isn’t a real limit to the maximum number of pages or tabs in Safari, but based on a lot of experience, I have come to learn that I must reboot my Mac at least once every three (3) months and I can’t run Safari with more than 20 browser windows open (each with at least 5 tabs) without it running slower and slower. Eventually, if I don’t restart the Safari browser, it will come to a grinding halt. If I am patient, I am able to still use it, but it takes about two or three minutes for it to respond to each mouse click. Not a very practical way to use a computer, though it has taught me a great deal of patience.
Now, I think this is a bug in the software. Or, if it’s not a bug, then it’s a lack of functionality. Others would argue that I should never have more than 2 or 3 browser windows open at the same time. I often get the response of bewilderment and people seem to whisper the question, “Why?” whey they first see my laptop with all of the browser windows. I actually use three browsers just so I can have more windows open at once. Again, I think this is helpful to me while those around me just shake their head and consider it a bad habit. I guess I think and work differently than most people.
By the way, Firefox on the Mac can handle more windows and more tabs at once than Safari. But, it tends to really slow down all of the other software when it gets overwhelmed. Safari tends to mostly affect itself and other applications run at normal speed.
UPDATE: It seems I am not totally alone in my behavior. There is an interesting post and discussion on the Web Worker Daily blog about browser habits and leaving multiple tabs open.