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One More Reason Not To Use IE

I don't mind most of this information being publicly available, but I sure don't want anyone to see the contents of my clipboard. I'm sticking with Firefox.

[Via Geekpress]

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 21, 2006 07:25 AM
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I generally tell my customer to be cognizant of the fact that they will most likely need to use both browsers at the same time. Most corporate business admins design and optimize their internal corporate pages for IE; therefore, page design may not function properly using a non-standard browser. When browsing out in the "wild" I recommend concurrently running Firefox to provide additional security from spyware threats.

Now if Firefox would just take care of their memory issues I would have no complaints about that browser. However, I find myself having to cycle firefox several times a day when the mem usage starts to creep over 200 megs utilization. Or worse, I find that the processor runtime for my firefox process is pegged full out at 99%.

Posted by Josh Reiter at February 21, 2006 08:12 AM

After posting the last comment I decided to think better of my position and decided to actually look up what the culprit of the "memory leak" is. Apparently, its not a leak but a "feature" for the back button to retain previously viewed pages in cache. The default setting uses a proportion of you system memory but I'm such a power user with up to 20 windows open at one time that the default settings is a tad to aggressive.

So, I reset my browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers variable by following the chart on this page:

Posted by Josh Reiter at February 21, 2006 08:38 AM

How much memory do you have?

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 21, 2006 08:51 AM

The clipboard thing was kinda scary.
However, the site also told me that the number of pages I've viewed this session was zero, I've been reading blogs and links from same for over three hours now, guarantee that's more than zero pages.
I've been an IE user since '98, old people hate change, and have never, ever had any problems. Never a virus infection on my computer, junk/spam less than two a month past ISP and Outlook 98, now '03. Running Search & Destroy, AdAware SE and SpyWare blaster, only items there are those in the updates from the foregoing, scan system at least once a week so have seen no damage whatsoever. Running free version of ZoneAlarm.
Cetain I'm too system ignorant to realize the problems inherent in my use of IE, but, despite all the info projecttip showed on my system, it doesn't seem to have affected anything.
Not to emulate Mad Magazine's Alfred E. Newman, but, why should I worry?

Posted by Mike Daley at February 21, 2006 06:37 PM

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