Keep Your Browser Hungry

I’ve heard many complains about Chrome browser eating too much memory. That always wondered me, as I don’t seem to have such kind of issue. Recently it struck there a simple reason for it: I keep no more open tabs then it’s necessary for my current task.

The task is done, tabs are closed. I actually quit Chrome quite often.

It was not always like this, but eventually, I got to the point I don’t need anything for longer than a couple of hours.

Staff that was sitting in my browser all the time, but eventually went away:

  • Tabs to read it later
  • Gmail
  • Calendar
  • Useful links
  • Online music

Tabs to read it later

I have a system that works for me quite well

(G)Mail

I prefer Gmail’s web version to mac’s mail app for several reasons (I should write a post on that one day). But I open it only a couple times a day.

There was a joke based on a 90s commercial:

– Why do you have a square head?
– I watch TV all the time, not to miss anything interesting.
– You’d better watch your wife. You’re missing soooo much interesting.

You don’t have to check your email all the time. If it’s something really urgent, they will find a way to get to you. It was a scary step, but today I only check email couple times a day. And I’m happy about that. The world didn’t explode in a year I’m doing it. (on a side note, I’ve switched off all kinds of notifications except Slack direct messages and mentions).

So, open Gmail tab, go through inbox down to zero, close the Gmail tab.

Calendar

Unlike e-mail, I have my calendar open all the time. But as a separate application (not apple’s calendar). Thanks, Fluid app!

Useful links

Everything I need every now and then goes to my Evernote’s notebook “Useful links”.

If I use something often, it’s in my address bar suggestions when I start typing.

Or one can simply use the bookmarks feature :).

Online music

I always prefer desktop apps, no matter the way I’m listening to the music. Because global hotkeys. When I need to pause my music, I don’t want to do more than a single click on a button on my keyboard. 
If you’re curious, I’m a Spotify user.

Anything else I’ve missed?

TL;DR: no tabs — no memory leaks ;)

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