I like my Apple products, but sometimes they do things that just drive me nuts.
For example, I have a widget on my iPhone for battery level. The small version doesn’t show the percentage - just one of those circle things which give you a rough idea - though it would be easy to fit the percentage in the same space instead. Worse, the colors choices for the circles is very hard to tell the difference between the amount of power remaining and what is empty. Now, I’m partly color blind so perhaps this isn’t a problem for others. But Apple is supposed to be more aware than most of accessibility issues and this isn’t the only example of poor choices in this area!
But, on to my main issue of the day.
Sometimes my Mini runs kind of hot and, looking at Activity monitor, it seems at least part of this problem is with Firefox. It is usually the app using the most CPU - and may have more than one thing from Firefox taking the top spots. So I figured maybe it would be good to avoid using it.
But here is where Apple causes me issues. I actually use 3 browsers lately. Firefox, Safari, and Safari Technology Preview. All at the same time. The reason is that, while I’d like to just use one of the Safari browsers, I run into the problem with how Apple lets you pin tabs. Unfortunately, both versions of Safari, if you have more than one window, will make all the pinned tabs the same - which I do NOT want. I set up browser windows - at least the pinned tabs - to be focused on certain things. For example, one window would have pinned tabs for all the WayTools related pages (their home page, the forum page, the slack page for Treg testers, etc). Then another window may have mostly social media pinned tabs, etc.
Now, Firefox’s big advantage is that each window can have it’s own pinned tabs. I don’t just use Firefox because when you use different desktops on a Mac, sometimes weird things happen with apps assigned to a specific desktop get changed and it can be a real pain to get them back where they belong! I figure having just Firefox, with different windows on different desktops would really get messed up, thus I use 3 browsers - to make it easier to assign desktops and to allow a variety of pinned tabs.
But, as mentioned, Firefox really grabs a lot of CPU. So today I worked on getting everything into Safari and Safari Technology Preview, even though I can’t do pinned tabs the way I want. I can only have two sets, rather than the four I had when I included Firefox.
Does anyone know a browser which does pinned tabs, allows different pinned tabs for each window, and doesn’t eat up CPU?