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IE 7 Beta 2

May 31, 2006   

Netscape, then IE, then a brief flirtation with Opera, then Firefox, and possibly back to IE? Could it be? I don’t know.

I got sick of the Firefox memory leak problems and am trying IE out of desperation. It’s hard enough to run msdev; compiling and debugging is a nightmare when Firefox is sitting on near 200MB of memory. Do you guys see this? What do you do? I often have to use my task manager to kill the process and open it up again, which just effectively resets the bomb timer, but I couldn’t figure out what else to do. I tried killing all my plugins and extension to no avail.

So far, IE 7 beta 2 seems to load pages in a snappy manner, have better tabbing, and I don’t know what else. There is a buttload of new features though. All I want is for the memory footprint to stay relatively static. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

9 Comments
A_B
May 31, 2006 at 9:04 pm

I go the task manager route and kill the process.

Andre Alforque
May 31, 2006 at 10:03 pm

I wound up re-installing/ upgrading Firefox, and not using any plug-ins. 🙁

edy
May 31, 2006 at 10:27 pm

weird, I don’t think I’ve ever really seen my firefox go higher than 100MBs, and that’s with 7-10 tabs usually open. I’d imagine that IE7 hides some of its memory usage with parts of the OS.

I’m curious though, how is the tabbing better?

Angry Chad
June 1, 2006 at 6:20 am

I just use IE, and I have no problems 🙂

Andre Alforque
June 1, 2006 at 8:15 am

Oh thank god there’s a fix: Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Multimedia > REMOVE the default check from ‘Use Clear type’

ei-nyung
June 1, 2006 at 1:43 pm

I’m curious though, how is the tabbing better?

It’s a subtledifference, but there is a little mini-tab you can click on to open a new tab, rather than having to go to the menu, do a right click then select, or use a key-combo shortcut. I find it to be more convenient.

Also, each tab has a little x of its own to close it.

Other than that, it’s the same.

I noticed this morning that IE7b2 was going up past 100MBs though. Hmm…. Gotta keep my eyes on it.

The thing I hate about IE in general (and it seems to have stayed the same) is the uber-aggressive content caching it does. I often have to reload people’s blogs multiple times (or do a ctl-reload) in order to see new comments.

hapacheese
June 1, 2006 at 3:36 pm

I only seem to have issues with Firefox at home, where it crashes my computer regularly (it’s the only thing that will crash XP on my home PC), and every once in a while for no apparent reason, will completely wipe out any user information I have saved to it (bookmarks, etc).

I use it at work, too, and I’ve never experienced any problems with it.

A_B
June 1, 2006 at 5:33 pm

“It’s a subtledifference, but there is a little mini-tab you can click on to open a new tab, rather than having to go to the menu, do a right click then select, or use a key-combo shortcut. I find it to be more convenient.

Also, each tab has a little x of its own to close it.”

There are several Firefox extensions that do that and a lot more.

ei-nyung
June 5, 2006 at 5:17 pm

It was the extensions that were killing me! I uninstalled a bunch of them and while there are still leaks, the leak rate is much slower.

I’ve been using Firefox and IE on alternate days to see which does better. Right now, they are pretty tied.

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