How do you use your Firefox?
Since I always go through a lot of 'phases' in the way I use software, I am really interested to know how you guys use your browsers. Basically in the beginning I knew nothing of addons and such, so I just used it as is (this was when tabbed browsing came in).
Once addons were popular I tried a few and I loved them, so I packed my Firefox chock full of them, which gave me load of functionality, but resulted in slower loading times, more frequent crashes and general slowness and clutter.
Since then I have decided that the minimalistic approach is best. I can visit Twitter's home page if I want to add a tweet, I can visit Gmail to see if I have unread messages, right now I only have the most essential stuff on. I feel more productive this way actually since I can focus much more on the page I am viewing (working on), as opposed to the eye candy/masses of functionality at my fingertips. Are you the person who enjoys a minimalistic Firefox, or someone who needs to have all the latest addons right now? Let us know!
Update: I'm also trying to limit the number of add-ons installed in the browser, and even deactivate some that I do not need all the time. This is for instance the case with an extension to download videos, or one that provides me with specific functionality on some websites that I visit every now and then.
I only have six or so extensions that I do not want to live without. I could however trim them down to one or two only that I do not want to use the browser without. My number one extension for the past few years has been NoScript for instance which I won't uninstall under any circumstances (Martin).Advertisement