|I've been using Google Chrome as my main web browser for a few years now. It just feels cleaner, neater, and faster than the competition. Plus the syncing is top-notch -- bookmarks, history, extensions, etc. It's a no-brainer.
But my employer recently changed some security policy which disabled all syncing, which was bad enough. But it also disable extensions, and by extensions I really only mean THE extension: an adblocker. I've been using an adblocker for so long, I don't even know what the actual internet is like. When I'm forced to look at somebody's phone for a YouTube video and see a commercial, or when I have to momentarily use Internet Explorer to check something and am bombarded with 90s-era pop-ups and pop-unders and pop-overs and blinking text and autoplaying video, it's like walking in someone else's shoes which are a little small but manageable. Like, I can do it, but it's really unenjoyable, and I'll probably just stop after a while because I have better things to do.
Anyway, I switched over to Firefox, which for whatever reason still had extensions (add-ons) and syncing enabled. What I very quickly realized is why I stopped using Firefox in the first place: It's fucking slow. Like literally Amazon.com is unusable. It's clunky. Why I have to keep clicking through security exception notifications or whatever is completely beyond me. And the overall kicker is the memory usage. I remember experiencing memory issues with Firefox in two-thousand-fucking-six. I guess they still haven't fixed that problem.
In looking for workarounds, I eventually found a way to sort of bypass the security policy by using a slightly different version of Chrome. When I started that first Chrome window and got all my bookmarks synced and my extensions working, I was beyond happy. Good-bye Firefox, and good riddance. #technology