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

Ishmael Rufus sakamura at gmail.com
Wed Oct 10 17:32:45 CEST 2007

Which version of firefox do you have?
Robert Kapteyn wrote:
> 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.
> -Rob
> 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.
>> -- 
>> Ian Bicking : ianb at colorstudy.com : http://blog.ianbicking.org
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