Firefox Revisited

Awhile ago I praised Firefox.  It's a good browser.  But butter than IE?  As one of my old (old as in former, not age, Jules) used to say, "Sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don't."  It seems to fit well with the whole Microsoft name calling, no?  (Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?)

Even on my machines running IE6 (and not IE7) I have been using IE over Firefox much of the time.  I'm not against comparing one product to another -- but it has to be done realistically.  When it comes to system resources, Firefox is taking a lot more of my resources than IE.  And it's beginning to drag it down ... you know, when you hear the hard drives thrashing a bit more than usual or notice those few extra milliseconds to open an app, we naturally go to the task manager to see what's going on.

In this case, I have a single Firefox window open (one tab only), compared to 6 IE windows.    Here's the taskbar as proof:



Now, here's the resource hit:



Dang!  And this isn't an isolated occurrence (though, the fact that I caught a 20% CPU spike is a coincidence -- it's not usually that high).  In truth, I've got RAM to burn (2GB) but this still seems a bit excessive.
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