Paraka (paraka) wrote,
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Tabs! Tabs! Everywhere!

I kind of stopped reading my LJ about halfway through the month of December. I've gone back as far as my flist will let me and am making my way forward. So if you get a comment from me for a post from 2 weeks ago, that's why.

Since I'm catching up, I only just saw this post by seperis on how many tabs people generally have open at a time. I was kind of surprised to see "Why In the Name of God: 51 - 99" and "Screenshots or It Didn't Happen: 100+ " because for me, 51-99 means "Yay! I've gotten rid of a ton of tabs!" My average amount of tabs is somewhere around 120-180 tabs open (generally between 2, sometimes 3 windows). It always takes me like 2 minutes to scroll through all the tabs I have open.

...Is that not normal? Because I totally thought it was. Hell, even at work, where I try my best to not have very many tabs open, I have 35 open. So, I'd like to do my own poll to see how my flist does:

Poll #1322798 Internet Tabs

How many tabs do you generally have open in your browser at one time?

1-15
14(70.0%)
16-50
4(20.0%)
51-100
1(5.0%)
101-150
1(5.0%)
151-200
0(0.0%)
201+
0(0.0%)

How many do you have open right now?

1-15
14(70.0%)
16-50
5(25.0%)
51-100
1(5.0%)
101-150
0(0.0%)
151-200
0(0.0%)
201+
0(0.0%)

How many windows do you generally have open?

1
9(45.0%)
2
7(35.0%)
3
1(5.0%)
4
3(15.0%)
5+
0(0.0%)

How many windows do you have open right now?

1
8(40.0%)
2
7(35.0%)
3
1(5.0%)
4
3(15.0%)
5+
1(5.0%)


It's funny, when I first got into fandom (when I was still using IE) I never used to have more than, oh, say 5 windows open (although, I think it was more like 2). I used to make fun of raxhel for having 20 windows open all the time. Then when we moved to China, we were sharing an internet connection between the two of us, so I'd go on stints and open a ton of windows so I'd always have fic available. I was still using IE at the time, and would get like 50 window open. I *hated* Windows automatic updates, because they'd shut my computer down while I was sleeping (I turn my computer off maybe a dozen times a year the rest of the time it just goes into hibernation) and I'd lose all my windows. Then I found Firefox.

I think before too, I wasn't getting as much fic off of LJ, I'd just go searching for fic off archives, rec lists or yes, sometimes LJ whenever I wanted to read. I'd only ever pull up one fic at a time. Now though, there's so much fic on my flist that I am constantly opening new tabs. There's more fic than I could ever possibly read out there. In fact, I started a spreadsheet with links to all the fics I found interesting enough to read. And that's not even mentioning all the meta and rec lists and vidding links I pull up as well. I can't imagine going back to just having a few windows open at a time.

Of course, all this does explain why Firefox alone uses around 400MBs of my memory on a good day.
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