At this very moment; as I write this post, Firefox is consuming 144,600 KB of RAM. This is after I recently restarted it, then looked at about five Facebook profiles before starting this post.
I’ll admit it: I have a large number of extensions loaded.
- Adsense Notifier
- Chatzilla (inactive)
- Deepest Sender
- DOM Inspector
- Download Statusbar
- Gmail Notifier
- Google Send to Phone
- Google Web Accelerator
- IE Tab
- lernu (inactive)
- Long Titles
- Resizeable text area
- ScribeFire (inactive)
- Translate (inactive)
- Update Notifier
That’s a lot of functionality, there. What of them do I actively use, though? Adsense Notifer is always active so I can see my Adsense amount (btw, it hasn’t changed in almost a month ). I’ll generally use Chatzilla when I need an IRC client. I use Deepest Sender to update my Livejournal, but it’s only running when I turn it on. I use DOM inspector every now and then. Download Statusbar and dragdropupload are ridiculously useful and probably my most often used extensions beside Update Notifier.
Dugged is useful for Digg-ery because the Digg effect commonly kills servers. ErrorZilla is nice because it allows me to quickly use Coral or Google Cache to access a down site. I use Firebug quite often, Flashgot, too. I probably use Forecastfox subliminally, but I could do away with it since I have the Yahoo! Weather Widget running on my desktop. I never use FoxyTunes anymore because I never fullscreen Firefox—I can see Winamp all the time.
Gmail Notifier is wonderful—it’s the only way to fly. I’ve used Google Send to Phone maybe once, so it could probably go. Google Web Accelerator boasts that it’s saved me 6.8 hours of browsing time and I’ve had it on for about a month, so it’s probably worth it. However, it’s helper application actually eats up another 50-60 MB and leaks pretty badly.
Greasemonkey is pretty useless just by itself, but I’ve really only got Facebook Autologin installed for it. DiggMeLater and Disemvoweler for WordPress are installed, but I’ve never used them.
IE Tab is useful for when a site won’t allow Firefox or something screws up because the site’s webmaster doesn’t know how to write for Any Browser. Lernu was nice, but it’s not been updated to work with anything past 184.108.40.206. Shucks. Long Titles is wonderful for keeping Firefox from stupidly truncating title attribute popups, but the bug has been fixed in Firefox 3.0 so Long Titles will be useless when that comes out.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen markNewestVersion work. Deleted.
Resizeable Textarea is absolutely a must, especially when writing WordPress entries. Hear me, oh lords of WordPress and Firefox, implement this natively! Safari can do it, and I think Opera can, too.
I’ve never used ScribeFire ’cause it’s awkward and doesn’t let me tag entries with UltimateTagWarrior, the WordPress plugin that adds proper tagging support to entries since WordPress thinks that tagging is silly.
Slashdotter is good because it adds Coral links to every link within a story, and a few other things that I don’t actually use. Splash makes the Firefox startup seem shorter. Stylish is great—I’ve skinned a bunch of web sites and the user interface. Stylish really takes advantage of the cascading model of CSS with its user styles. I’ve used Talkback once, but it’s a key part of Firefox in the event of crashes. I’ve never used Traduku or Translate. Deleted.
Update Notifier should be required for anyone who has any extensions installed. Really, the functionality provided by Update Notifier should be in Firefox natively. Wouldn’t it make sense to actually tell the user that updates to extensions are available instead of just marking internally on the AddOns dialog that they are? Silliness.
I rarely VideoDownloader, but it’s wonderful when I really need it. I use Web Developer all the time and YSlow is seeing a lot of usage, too.
So, there’s a brief overview of my extensions.
I use the Saturated theme, and that’s all I’ve ever used.
I’ll see how removing these unused/rarely-used extensions change RAM usage. Hopefully, it’ll be adequate. If I can get it down to 80 MB on average, I’ll be happy.