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The Superbrowser

See also: My roundup of the funniest extensions
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Yesterday I decided to undertake an experiment. My favourite browser, Firefox, allows its users to add extensions. Currently 1102 extensions are available at Mozilla update. I decided to install 100 of the most popular extensions at the same time, trying to avoid those that duplicated others functionality. Cruelly, the hundredth was the XPI delay remover.

This scrollable screenshot below shows the result. (View in own page)

Superbrowser - full

It was really extraordinarily stable. The work of hundreds of programmers who had no idea their code would be used together, coexisting happily in the browser.

Here is what I got when I right-clicked:

Right click

Overall I was very impressed. The browser was a little slow on my machine (which doesn’t have impressive specs) but there were no crashes except when installing the extensions. The main problem I had was that the statusbar became so wide that on some websites I had to expand the browser window onto my second monitor! I discovered a number of extensions that I would not otherwise have known about and strongly recommend a trawl through at least the first hundred.

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Update: (28 Feb) Statistics

Stats

It takes around seven seconds to start up.

It freezes for at least one second between pages (I guess a lot is hanging on the onLoad.)

It has not yet crashed, half hour or so I’ve browsed with it, since all the extensions have been installed (for some reason it did crash immediately after installing them, before restarting.)

See also: My roundup of the funniest extensions

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274 comments

  • Why Dont You…Blog? » How to hammer firefox :-) · March 22, 2006 at 8:36 pm

  • Bart · March 23, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    Pfft. If I use IE on a freshly installed PC, and I surf the more darker areas of the web a bit, I get much more than 100 extensions including a kazillion toolbars installed automatically that not only integrate with the browser but even punch through to the OS.

  • Usayd · March 23, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    Very interesting, nice idea. Firefox is evidently a relatively stable browser which is good to know. I try and keep my extensions to a minimum but they can really make life a whole lot easier.

  • rtauchnitz.de » Der Superbrowser · March 26, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    [...] Hier wurde probiert, wie sich der Firefox denn so verhält, wenn man ein paar (100 an der Zahl) Extensions installiert. Der Browser lief danach relativ stabil und brauchte (nur) sieben Sekunden zu starten. [...]

  • Der Anti-Hype » Blog Archive » Super Firefox 9.2 Extended Edition Reloaded · March 27, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    [...] Und so sieht Firefox aus, wenn man die 100 beliebtesten Firefox-Extensions installiert, wie man bei Splasho nachlesen kann. [...]

  • Firefox-Extensions: Was ist Klasse in der Masse? - Jowra - Reinventing the wheel · March 29, 2006 at 12:36 am

    [...] Fehlt noch was? Was braucht man Eurer Meinung nach unbedingt? Was habt ihr installiert? Was auch immer… viel Spaß beim Extensions sammeln, denn wie wir ja seit einiger Zeit wissen, macht der Firefox selbst bei 100 Erweiterungen nicht schlapp. =) [...]

  • Phil · March 30, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    I really doubt he is still running that!

    I’ve been running Bon Echo, which is basically Firefox Beta, and its been running great!

    I wonder how long until IE copy FF’s extensions feature!

    http://www.id34.com

  • flint_prodigy@ukr.net · March 31, 2006 at 3:00 am

  • veblo » Blog Archive » Pimped Firefox with 100 popular extentions · April 1, 2006 at 6:09 pm

    [...] Tests turned out to be remarkably stable. Some shots from his original post follow. Click any for a larger view. [...]

  • jim · April 2, 2006 at 6:25 am

    Only thing it’s missing is a context menu command to get you Starbucks and a donut.

  • gabyu · April 4, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    tu es completement fou ! cela fonctione tres bien sur mac ?

  • Motherduce - The Blog » Blog Archive » Splasho » The Superbrowser · April 4, 2006 at 5:15 pm

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  • rebron.org » some links · April 4, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    [...] Splasho The Superbrowser [...]

  • pLusOne · April 5, 2006 at 6:08 am

    Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tomblogg » Blog Archive » Extreme Firefoxin’ · April 5, 2006 at 8:27 am

    [...] More on Splasho. [...]

  • lav · April 5, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    you are one sad ***********
    [Censored by me (Splasho) not out of embarassment but tastefulness]

  • budiw · April 6, 2006 at 9:32 am

    wasting memory…

    –budiw

  • Turbo Geek · April 7, 2006 at 1:00 am

    Three cheers of Firefox! It can withstand any load (provided ur computer can) BTW after installing those 100 extensions did the load up time increase a lot?

  • Joe · April 7, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    This would go quite nicely in the Book Of World Records. :-) LOL

  • Mac Blog » Blog Archive » Firefox, the superbrowser · April 8, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    [...] Una persona ha provato a installare 100 estensioni su Firefox e ha scritto il risultato ottenuto a questa pagina del suo blog. [...]

  • The Unkaizened Life » Blog Archive » links for 2006-03-01 · April 9, 2006 at 12:30 am

    [...] Splasho » The Superbrowser (tags: firefox extensions) [...]

  • Bibliothek der reich bebilderten Verzweiflungen » Tools, Tools, Tools · April 9, 2006 at 11:56 am

    [...] … und ich machte mir ernsthaft Gedanken, ob ich zuviele Erweiterungen und Symbolleisten bei meinem Lieblingsbrowser installiert habe! Andere gehen da viel weiter! Browser, extensions, Firefox [...]

  • pihent emberek at kobak pont org · April 10, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    [...] Egy fickó Splasho kipróbálta, hogy fel tudja-e telepíteni az összes 100 legkedveltebb firefox extensiont. Az eredmény: [...]

  • Anonymous · April 11, 2006 at 10:31 am

    What’s why I love FireFox! Because of it’s flexible extensions.

  • Team Murder » Later The Room Filled With Fumes And We Went Peacefully To Sleep · April 12, 2006 at 6:09 am

    [...] that day and as funny as they thought the situation was…context is the killer app. » Permalink122 words in thispost [...]

  • burnz’s blog @ wordpress.com » The Superbrowser · April 12, 2006 at 2:44 pm

    [...] Link: The Superbrowser  [...]

  • taking a break · April 13, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    [...] Posted by: zen on Apr 13, 06 | 8:30 am | Profile | Permalink | [0] comments (0 views) | [...]

  • RAINonline · April 14, 2006 at 7:38 am

    Wie sieht Firefox aus, wenn man die Top 100 Extensions installiert?…

  • Microsoft · April 18, 2006 at 2:30 am

    lol, wanted to try this on Internet Explorer, but I couldn’t even find 100 addons for it.

  • Conrad · April 18, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    Is there a page somewhere with a list of your extensions?

  • Admin comment by Splasho · April 18, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    Nope conrad but they’re basically th 100 most popular

  • Suri · April 19, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    This article practically screams, “I need to get laid!”

  • Admin comment by Splasho · April 19, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    :D

  • Matteo Raggi · April 19, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    beautyful images, that’s life! 8-P

  • Jw21.Knux · April 20, 2006 at 12:17 am

    Hmm that seems quite dandy, but about 30 extensions seemed useless. the “Information Misc Outline” toolbar seems useful.

  • Joe · April 25, 2006 at 1:03 am

    Would you be willing to fix my trackback ? http://splasho.com/blog/2006/02/26/the-superbrowser/#comment-541
    I don’t know what happened but it pulled my CSS not the text…
    So it would be :
    […]The Extend Firefox Contest winners were announced, though I don’t know if it was today or not it is still cool to see who won. The extensions were the best of the best. Also most of them were used to create Clutterfox. Here is some of my favorite extensions that won : All-In-One Sidebar (Best User Experience Upgraded Extension) […]

  • Mao-B · April 26, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    OMG! Thats… WEIRD! ;-) Ok, if you have an BIG enough Display it wouldnt matter ;-)

  • Phantastische Welten | Super FireFox · April 26, 2006 at 1:22 pm

  • Alexander · April 29, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    Cool info. I surprised.

  • Mr Mingan · April 29, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    I am amazed to desire of the author so severely to experiment the computer

  • Paolo Yang · May 2, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    太厉害了 不过估计也跑不起来了 我装十几个插件就感觉老卡了

  • RichardHarlos.com » Blog Archive » Firefox: Superbrowser! · May 3, 2006 at 4:59 am

    [...] Firefox truly is the Superbrowser and you can read more about the experiment in a Splasho article called The Superbrowser from 26 February 2006. [...]

  • Calichi · May 5, 2006 at 12:28 am

    Well!!….You’ll never know until you try the extreme!!!!!!!!

    A big round of cheers!!!

  • Anonymous · May 5, 2006 at 3:19 am

    ………Are you crazy?

  • Andrew · May 6, 2006 at 1:36 am

    Cool info :) ))))

  • 404 studio · May 8, 2006 at 10:17 pm

    beautyful images, that’s life! 8-P !

  • Anonymous · May 11, 2006 at 2:22 pm

    Just a word:

    WHY

  • Ramenos Blog » Firefox + 100 extensions = stabilité ? · May 22, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    [...] => Voir l’article en anglais [...]

  • Nikolas · May 23, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    I very strongly laughed :)

  • Jeremy Gaither » Blog Archive » User Interface · May 29, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    [...] It seems that the web has led to a revolution in user interface. Microsoft sees the need, and from looking at some people’s FireFox installation, it is pretty obvious that the GUI paradigm of the past few years needs to change. [...]

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