Archive for December 2nd, 2008

SecTheory published a paper by Robert "RSnake" Hansen about Browser Power Consumption. Dan Goodin reports about it under the rather funny title Study spanks Adobe Flash for abuses of power (ehy Dan, why just Adobe? what about Microsoft and Sun?). PC World has an article as well, interviewing a Pacific Gas and Electric representative.

The green juice: you can reduce your PC's power consumption by 25% when you browse the web using Firefox with NoScript and AdBlock Plus. Quite obvious, since JavaScript, Flash, Java, Silverlight and active content in general are major CPU-drainers, compared to static pages. By allowing them just when and where they're needed, the way NoScript works, you do the equivalent of closing the tap when you're brushing your teeth or turn off the light when you exit a room.

Of course it's just a drop in the ocean, but I like to believe I'm helping Gaia a bit and enabling others to do the same :)

Update

Commenter Arthur reminded me that, even if you didn't give a damn about environment health, as a mobile user you surely value your battery life and you've got yet another good reason for using NoScript. And did I mention you can use NoScript on the Fennec mobile browser now?

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