[thelist] Firefox / Latency / Graying out

Sarah Adams sarahwbs at gmail.com
Wed Sep 14 20:23:11 CDT 2011

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From: Bob Meetin <bobm at dottedi.biz>
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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:02:35 
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Subject: Re: [thelist] Firefox / Latency / Graying out

Well in this case I had disabled Firebug and YSlow some time ago, days.  I'm now somewhat in the habit of enabling them when necessary. And this is Linux, Ubuntu, as if it should matter, triple core no slouch. I assume that the graying out is a resource problem, memory or something.  This really seemed to become apparent early this year, whether that is related for a Firefox release or not I know not.

On 09/14/2011 05:28 PM, Chris Dorer wrote:
> Question: Is your firebug active as an add-on?
> I've found even without me using FB with it active, it easily shot over 100,000 in memory.
> Only thing i can think of as being a mem hog in my world.
> One thing I'm starting to do, is create firefox profiles.  One for WebDev, one for my wife, and the other for me to cruise the web, not sure if this helps, but thought i'd throw it out there.
> Chris
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 7:09 PM, Bob Meetin <bobm at dottedi.biz <mailto:bobm at dottedi.biz>> wrote:
>     There have been a few posts this past year about Firefox, possibly memory leaks, etc.  I'm just wondering about a problem which I'm encountering more and more frequently.  It used to be that if I go to a page with a lot of records, say 1000, pulled from a database, that it would take a few seconds extra to paint the page and the table. Along the way the browser might gray out momentarily, then the page is fine.  This is happening much more recently, with more websites.
>     Just a minute ago I had several tabs open,  inactive, the pages had loaded and all I was doing was going back and forth to read some content. As I was trying to fill out a form, the latency was horrific and Firefox pulled off a repetitive gray out.  When it happens you wait a few seconds to have a minute and when for the cursor to regain life.  To fill out the form I resorted to writing the text in a text editor, then copy/paste.  What a lovely experience.
>     Quitting/restarting Firefox helps but eventually it builds up.  It feels like some websites are more of a challenge than others.  Once they gain grip, you're out of luck. Occasionally after you quit Firefox it won't restart because there is a "sleeping" process running which you have to kill first.
>     How do you determine with problems like these whether they are 1) browser, 2) website or 3) computer? 4) other

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