[Chicago] [OT] Is it just me ...

Robert Kapteyn robkapteyn at gmail.com
Wed Oct 10 17:17:14 CEST 2007

I have occasionally seen similar CPU spiking on my Mac and I decided  
it was a FireFox bug, perhaps only for the Mac.
Opening the same page with Safari usually settles the issue.

On Oct 10, 2007, at 9:48 AM, Ian Bicking wrote:

> skip at pobox.com wrote:
>> ... or is my poor old laptop having to work harder and harder to  
>> just "surf
>> the web"?  This AJAX technology has permeated everything.  On the  
>> one hand,
>> web sites can clearly be more interactive.  On the other hand, the  
>> minimum
>> system parameters necessary to simply browse the web seems to have  
>> gone up a
>> lot in the past six months or so.  I have an 800MHz PowerBook G4  
>> w/ 1GB of
>> RAM, not state-of-the-art of course, but not a P3 either.  Just  
>> sitting
>> there viewing Gmail (which has no stupid flashy ads or other eye  
>> candy)
>> seems to consume about half my CPU.  What's it doing while it's  
>> just sitting
>> there?
> Firefox has some really awful memory leaks.  Gmail is pinging the  
> server
> in the background (checking for new email), but there's no reason that
> should take up a significant amount of CPU.  The actual calls involved
> in the Javascript really aren't that complicated, and the level of
> libraries and abstraction is still pretty low in most Ajax  
> applications.
>> Does this have any ramifications for OLPC with its rather modest  
>> CPU?  What
>> about computer recycling in general?  Browsing the web and reading  
>> email
>> (often through the web) seem to be the most common uses for home  
>> computers.
>> if I donate a compuetr to some organization what are the chances  
>> it will
>> actually be useful to someone?
> FWIW, Gmail works fine on the OLPC.  I've heard people say that the  
> browser (which uses the Mozilla rendering engine, but doesn't use the
> XUL frontend that Firefox uses) is noticeably faster than Firefox.   
> But
> I've never used them both on a comparable platform, so I don't really
> know myself.
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