But you didn’t have to piss me off
Make it lag at every startup and then crash for nothing
And I don’t even need your app
But you eat up all my memory and that feels so crap
No you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your updates, change your version number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re some browser that I used to know
(To be sung to the tune of Gotye’s ‘Somebody that I used to know)
I loved Firefox. It was my main browser for years. It was a paragon of goodness, created by a non-profit team to make the internet a better place.
It did almost everything I wanted. Eventually I had to ignore the fact that other browsers did those things too. But I had my reasons for sticking with Firefox.
- Separate search and address bars – although it’s really not a big deal once you learn to search quickly in Chrome
- Toolbars that you can customize – Chrome just lets you choose addon buttons, and whether or not you want a home button.
- The addons
- The personas – installing themes in Chrome is possible, but there are less good ones to choose from, and it’s harder to make your own.
- It reminds me of my favorite cuddly toy
That last one wasn’t a joke. Firefox was like an old pet to me. It had its fair share of annoying habits, but I loved it anyway. Unfortunately though, it had to be put down. Now here are some things that I won’t miss about the old fox:
- The RAM usage is too damn high! I know they’ve been trying to fix this. But how hard can it be? Why should it still be using like 800 megabytes when I close all tabs but one?
- The lag – parts of the interface didn’t respond until like 5 seconds after I click on them. This includes the address bar. If apps were machines, this would be one with all the moving parts made out of wood that keeps splintering and getting caught on my clothes.
- The crashes – every now and then it would just give me the beach ball for some silly reason, like loading a page full of images. And then I figure just save time by force-quitting it and starting again.
- Lack of support for certain APIs (application programming interface). So things like Afloat and Time Track Pro were not compatible. Neither of these were well-known apps. But I use them a lot.
- The addons ecosystem is dead, or dying. Many addons are just abandoned by their developers, not updated to work with Firefox 4, let alone 14.
- Lack of a built-in PDF viewer. It’s 2012 for chrissake. People use PDFs on the web.
- Firefox Sync is a piece of shit and does not work.
Now I haven’t talked much about Chrome here, but I didn’t find out about one of the best features until later. The ‘type a few words into your address bar to find somewhere you’ve been’ feature also sifts through the text on a web page (not just the title and URL). In other words if you’re using chrome, and you type Poxy Proxy Foxy into your address bar (because that’s the only part of this page you’ll remember) then it will probably find this page for you.