Tools - resource management

Subject: Tools - resource management
From: Kevin McLauchlan <eminentlyso -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:47:33 -0500

All,

Just FYI

I have been using and recommending the SRWare Iron browser for a few years.
I'm pulling my recommendation. I had preferred Iron because it is Chrome
without the Google nosiness, therefore fast and clean.

I normally work via Remote Desktop to a VM instance of Windows 7, in which
I run MadCap Flare, a browser or two (to verify my output, compare with
older doc versions, etc.), and not a lot else.

Lately, I have been having trouble with the VM being slow or crashing. I
narrowed the cause to Iron using a lot of resources, mostly CPU. This was
with Iron kept as up-to-date as possible.

Having replaced Iron with Opera or Firefox in the past week or two, I no
longer see the problem. My workspace (the VM) has been stable and
functional.

Since Iron is Chrome with stuff removed, it's likely that Chrome might be a
resource hog for you, too. From what I read, Chrome has taken over the hog
mantle from Firefox. From less than a week of daily experience, I find
current Firefox to be nimble and to have a slim working footprint. Safari
continues to be Safari. I tend to favor a browser for everyday use, but
check my webhelp output against several common ones to catch any rendering
or other problems before publishing.

Regards,

Kevin

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