Lets say your computer has limited resources and you can only use five Firefox add-ons when browsing the Internet.
Tell me, which would you choose and why. I'm currently cutting down on Firefox extensions that I'm actively using because I felt that Firefox was using too much memory when I started it without opening a website at all.
This was largely due to the massive number of extensions and themes that I had installed. After discovering that I could reduce the memory usage of Firefox by more than 15 Megabytes by simply reducing the number of add-ons and themes I was using, I decided to do just that.
I removed all themes but the default one and got rid of a handful of add-ons that I was using either because it was convenient to use them or because they would add a feature that I was using from time to time. Add-ons that fell into this category where the Adsense Notifier add-on, the Google Toolbar, the StumbleUpon Toolbar, Gmail Notifier, Tab Mix Plus and others.
Several of the features that I was using were also available in one extension. As an example, the Search Status extension displays the Pagerank and the Alexa rank of the active website and I was able to remove the Google Toolbar and the Alexa Toolbar because of this.
I added Gmail to Thunderbird which made the Gmail Notifier obsolete because I run Thunderbird all day long. Five add-ons remained after this that I can't live without, they are:
Which Firefox add-ons can't you live without?
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