Web Browser – The Power Application that does it all

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My web browser is by far the most resource intensive application on my laptop. At the time of writing this post, pressing ctrl-alt-del reveals applications currently running on my laptop and how much of my laptop’s memory they’re each using up. This is what it looks like.

Firefox = 179,600 k (179mb)

Google Talk = 16,448 k (16mb)

Skype = 10,552k (10mb)

Explorer = 7,144 k (7mb)

etc

Ok, granted, I’ve got a lot of browser plugins, do lots of web development work and sometimes go a little tabbed-browsing crazy, but is it normal for a web browser to be so memory intensive?

I wonder, to all of you reading this, how much memory does your web browser use up and compared to the next most memory intensive application.

Isn’t the web browser the power application that does it all?

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