Firefox 3.0 Download Day
I missed Firefox 3.o download day on Tuesday. To me it wasn’t that big of a deal, I was using beta, and then the latest release candidate, which then updated itself as the releases were made available, so I had no great hurrah. And frankly, I forgot about it.
I started using the beta as soon as it was out because Firefox used to have a really horrible memory leak. That meant that as I sat there with my 50 tabs open with the various sites I was working on or researching from, my memory usage kept climbing and never went down. If I happened to open some certain “multimedia overload” sites, I had no chance, there’d be a browser crash. The good thing was that the browser always popped back up with all the tabs I had opened, so I didn’t lose what I was working on.
A few things that I did notice in the browser update were security updates, which made me happy. The first one I noticed was an integrated anti-virus. I was at home downloading a software client and I noticed that AVG (my home anti-virus of choice) was scanning the file before it started the download. I thought that was brilliant. I haven’t run across any, but there is a new anti-phishing and malware setup, so if you try to visit one of the scammer sites, Firefox lets you know with a big red box. Everyone loves to see the big red box happily protecting their security.
So, every day from now on I can open up Firefox and continue to be happy with that browser. It’s unfortunate that I still have to use IE, since that’s what ‘the majority’ uses, so all of my programming needs to be tested there first. I also have Opera and Safari, but usually those are just for testing, or for doing things that I don’t want to have other browsers open for, like in IE I blog, check my calendar, use the coldfusion administrator and phpmyadmin. Opera is simply to keep my Trac. Firefox is where I do most of my code searches and basic testing of sites. My life is so compartmentalized!