Re: [NTLK] [OT] Re: iCab speed: it's OS X's fault!

From: Bob Carls Dudney <>
Date: Wed Sep 23 2009 - 01:05:56 EDT

On 21/9/09, wrote:
> I'd love to know how to speed up iCab

Not just iCab, swapping off speeds up whole machine, all apps -- and
since everything's zippier, it must be speeding up most if not all
system processes as well. And ones HDD will undoubtedly last several
times longer since it's just reading and writing without constantly
swapping RAM to disk and back (paging).

Spinning beachball has virtually disappeared altogether.

But iCab does benefit most out of apps I use, especially if lots
pages open. Probably other browsers as well, since they all tend to
be RAM hogs. (I'd love to know why web pages gobble thousands times
more RAM than their size. OS X is a RAM guzzler horribilis.)

It also makes huge difference to close any pages running Jscripts
constantly and any with Audio/Video content. I check CPU load
(monitor in menubar) and ferret out the culprit(s) when load gets
high. Not unusual for one page to consume more than half CPU (PB G4
1GHz) even when in a background tab.

Thanks for the impetus. I'll post to list soon as I upload a page with details.

Does have the drawback of freezing (requiring restart) when one
gobbles the last bit of RAM, but I'm learning to set MemTools so
that's much less likely/often.


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