Re-reading this post, I can now understand it may be important to say:
it has nothing to do with facebook!
I was looking for something to make it acceptable to visit facebook...
but found "about:addons-memory" [a:am] and "RAM Tab" instead
(by Nils Maier)
The problem with facebook (making the browser not answering) has gone, something was changed for the better, but I still like the informations given by Maier's addon [a:am]. It is of course not meant to be activated all of the time - just turn it on when you install a new addon, or when things have been updated or are acting weirdly.
The "ram-tab" is merely a button to make a:am easy accessible.
no, it is not OK to install this add-on along with the Top 20 or something add-ons and publish articles singling out the "biggest memory wasters" or something along the lines of this. This is wrong, superficial, sensationalist and outright wrong.
Adblock Plus, being the most popular add-on, using 20-30 MB of memory is not a problem. Add-ons that may use hundreds of mega bytes of memory with steadily growing memory usage *may* be a problem and this add-on is intended to find exactly these kinds of issues more easily.
You might not bother to click-to-enlarge my screenshot (519x3194 pixels!), so let me just tell its conclusion: My many extensions and addons for Firefox are using a total of merely 10MB
. I think it is amazingly little! Even the handful that are using the most, are in my opinion using very little; how many "programs" do you have that are merely using a MB or less? Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful appended
I must admit, at first the informations from a:am made me de-activate a handful of addons. But when I then thought of it, I realized I merely had gained 3MB, and really, what is 3MB?! No, I will stick to my former claim: It is amazing how little memory all these addons are using!