I’m a forgetful guy. As I opened up WordPress to write this blog post, during the few seconds it took to type in the post’s title, I forgot what I was going to write about. That’s how forgetful I am.
Now that I’ve remembered, after about 30 seconds of scratching my head, I realized that anecdone would be a good way to start talking about the second way I love Firefox 3.
As a guy that quickly loses his train of thought (usually loudly, and into a river at the bottom of the ravine underneath a missing bridge), anything that interrupts my workflow is a bad thing. Firefox 3 does away with a number of things that used to interrupt me.
One of the big ones is the new way Firefox asks if I’d like to save a password. Instead of popping up an incredibly distracting modal dialog box, an unobtrusive strip appears at the top of the browser offering to save the password:
I can keep on working, and deal with the password issue at my leisure. Usually when I log in, there’s something I need to look at or write up quickly before I forget to deal with it, so this is a huge relief for me.
Another big help for my addled brain is this: I often get (via mail or IRC) links to web pages including content I need to deal with. Sometimes it’s an article I need to edit, sometimes it’s something I need to read. Often it’s just something I need to refer to while I do other work.
And, often, I don’t have time to deal with it right away. So I leave the tab open, waiting for me to be ready to deal with the material.
Sometimes these tabs stay open for weeks.
And eventually, for whatever reason, I’m guaranteed to have to quit Firefox.
Firefox 3 — joy of joys — remembers all my tabs and loads them right back up for me when I start it again. No more having to bookmark every single page I might ever have to find again. I can quit and restart at my slightest whim, safe in the knowledge that I won’t lose some important thing that I need to deal with… someday.