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Is gmail crashing your firefox, especially in Linux? Well you are not alone then. Here are some potential reasons.

  • Too many AJAX calls which firefox is not handling cleanly and leaks memory before crashing.
  • sound.swf – A flash file which produces the sound when someone comes online. This flash sometimes causes the flash plugin to run into an infinite loop, hence crashing the browser along with the plugin.

Simple fix is to disable gmail chat or use flashblock to block the particular flash from loading. Or better use opera like me 🙂

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After using Google A for Enterprise for a while, here are some of my thoughts about that.

Definitely need a way to turn off spam filter

A number of my customer emails go to the spam folder. This makes me check the spam folder more often than the inbox!

Lists functionality is unreliable

Sometimes, my emails to my own lists gets rejected and I get a nice little help link that says “Google has detected that you are trying to spam”. WTF, you are talking about serious business here and sometimes ignoring certain things is better being over cautious. Please learn this dear Google.

Where is group by email feature?

By default, gmail groups by thread. That is fine. But for enterprise, we need more than that. Group by Email, Group by date in ascending order etc. Typical features clients like Thunderbird or outlook provides you.

Centralized Address Book

As soon as the number of employees cross more than 20, it becomes very necessary to have a centralized address book, since a number of contact information change quite frequently like extension number, personal contact numbers, current project etc.

I am sure, others can add more to this list. So overall, my impression is that when you startup, you can use Google A, since the standard edition is free. But once you grow and start to think about business seriously, better setup your own infrastructure.

And Google, if you are thinking of beating Microsoft, then a web based platform is definitely not the way to go. Buy mozilla and see if you can make thunderbird and other collaboration software, enterprise friendly and business ready.

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If it is Google Reader!

The beauty of RSS is that you decide when to check the website. Any damn RSS reader out there would have an option for “Refresh interval”. Even if they dont have, clicking a button called “Refresh” would definitely get you the latest posts.

Where as our Google Reader is so adamant that it will keep ignoring your clicks for refresh and sometime doesn’t show up the latest post for more than 3 hours. Apparently, I am not the only one to complain.

Is it so difficult to code this – make an AJAX call to a feed url and render the feed on the fly? Google, do you need any part-time contributions?

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I happened to see this post. I was waiting for Mike or Scoble to give a nice reply to this. Since no one commented, I am going ahead with this post. First of all, is Opera and Safari the latest version used for the comparison? Also does it take a simulation software to prove that Firefox is memory hogging. Any average computer user, who knows how to open task manager can see for himself, how much memory our Firefox eats up. Have Firefox and Thunderbird open at the same time, forget a big chunk of your RAM, simple.

While I agree with the fact that firefox 3 has lesser memory leak than firefox 2, I will not accept the fact anytime soon, that firefox is all set to beat opera for the light weight browser title.

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