akromic

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Name akromic
User since October 8, 2011
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My Reviews

Memory Restart

A handy tool Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Even though it doesn't really excell in anything in particular, it does work of several other extensions at once (there are several restarters, memory indicators etc.), and it nicely integrates them into a combined action. Overall it's quite useful, but I believe one feature requires some attention, and it's one which has a potential to be the most useful - the "Minimize memory..." one. While having automatic memory use minimization is practically the Holy Grail with Firefox, I've discovered a problem with this implementation. Namely, I've had strangely high Firefox CPU usage on occassions, and I think that feature is the culprit. I've started monitoring GC and CC activity with the MemChaser extension, and noticed that both Collectors are constantly activated in intervals less than a second long. Investigating this, I've noticed the MR's icon is red, and I presumed it might something to do with its Memory minimize functions (which I wasn't sure what actually does until then). When I raised the MR's threshold to a higher value, the CPU use decreased and the Collectors intervals rose to several seconds or several tens of seconds. So I guess the Memory minimize works too zealously in the attempt to free memory that it has the adverse effect on CPU usage, and I recommend you relax it a bit. I'd give you a lesser rating for this, but since the tool is quite useful, and the threshold is adjustable (it seems that even this way an ideal one can be found, where the memory is always freed successfully so it can stop) and Memory minimize can be turned off anyway. If you fix the Memory minimize not to be so aggressive that FF starts using 100% of CPU (core) as it does now, you'd deserve a 5-star rating.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.11). 

MemChaser

Excellent Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Does all I wanted to have from a tool like this, and perhaps more; Now I have information on memory and collectors and what's best, a handy tool to manually initiate cleaning functions I formerly needed to open the about:memory page to get. Ok, perhaps it needs some more polishing for a final version (people mentioned something about theme colors, and I found out the Open Log Folder function doesn't work on Linux, and it could also be a bit more configurable), but so far so good. Even if it stayed this way forever, I'd still give it a 5-star rating.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.5.1). 

Memory Menu

dud Rated 1 out of 5 stars

There is no sign of the menu. And the idea deserved 5 stars in my book, which you will receive if I ever see it.

RAMBack

Works as advertised Rated 4 out of 5 stars

However, it could benefit of some improvement. One would be to provide an indication of memory usage (even in the tip as Memory Restart extension does). Second, if it really works only by clearing caches, it could also do Cycle/Garbage collection the samw way as it is done by the buttons on the about:memory page. Since the code for it is in that page, it should be trivial to implement (if it isn't implemented already).

Memory Fox

Very nice, but... Rated 4 out of 5 stars

When will it be available on Linux??

TubeStop

Very useful, but needs a disable option Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I usually find it very helpful, but the lack of an option to temporarily disable can be annoying, say when I want to play a playlist which TS prevents. Ok, the good workaround is that you can disable it without restart in the Add-ons Manager, but that's a bit awkward, and I'd also like it disabled just on that page where I play the playlist, yet keep it for any new YT links opened. There should be a context menu option to disable it for the tab in question.