Killing the browser

So I know you’re out there thinking, how can I make my web browsing experience as painful as possible. Well, I’ve found a surefire way to make loading any page dreadful.

  1. Load up Firefox
  2. Install the Firebug plugin
  3. Go to an Outlook Web Access page
  4. Let it sit overnight

By the next morning your browser will be completely unusable without killing it and restarting. Took me a few times to narrow it down that this was the combination causing the problems, but it appears that any page with a decent amount of ajax activity will kill your browser if you leave it open for a long time with Firebug. Firebug tracks a fair amount of data about each request and doesn’t appear to throw it away. So leaving one of these pages open for a long time can really hurt.