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Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman recently wrote a post on why you should never have more than nine browser tabs open. That proved quite controversial when it ran on the Lifehacker US site. I’d mount a different argument to Angus: it’s OK to have a lot of tabs open if you use the right tricks and technology to keep them all organised..
Having to ensure that your code works across multiple browsers is often a painful task, especially when you’re trying to deal with older versions of Internet Explorer that have survived everyone’s best attempts to force users to upgrade. But take heart: even Microsoft eventually gives up on supporting older versions of IE with its own products, as a recent update to its software lifecycle management product Team Foundation Server makes clear.
Google Chrome likes to use memory and give your processor a good workout if you keep a handful (or more) tabs open on a regular basis. This can have a negative impact on the speed of your computer, and certainly the life of your laptop’s battery. The Great Suspender solves that problem by shutting those tabs down when they are not in use.
I often hear people complain that their browser is slow and unstable. It’s easy to blame browser developers for using sloppy coding practices and not managing memory correctly, but in my experience there’s a more common element: people who insist on having dozens of browser tabs open at once. That’s an unproductive and pointless practice and everyone should stop it immediately.
Internet Explorer remains a widely-used browser, but testing for compatibility can be a pain if you’re on a non-Windows machine or prefer to stay inside another browser. The recently-launched modern.IE site helps test sites for IE compatibility, letting you enter any site address and receive suggestions on how to ensure it renders in IE.