<< The average person tends to have either less than eight tabs open, or to add tabs without organization until declaring “tab bankruptcy” and starting fresh. >>

yeah, I'm the... second one

(checks browser; it reports 'new mathematical research needed in order to determine if your number of open tabs is even theoretically countably infinite')


@natecull i obstinately refuse to ever close tabs even while my computer struggles and furiously diskswaps.
freeing up space memory and cpu time sounds like the garbage collector’s job. why is my computer making me do its job?

@zensaiyuki exactly how I feel, yeah.

I end up restarting Firefox instead of closing tabs

because I *might* need one one day

@zensaiyuki Actually, it's far worse than that.

The act of clicking on a tab to close it means i'm likely to read the page again, and then I'm likely to click more links. Into new tabs, of course.

@natecull i sorta want a browser with a different UI paradigm where pages exist in a kind of zoomable space, history stacks are visualised as skeuomorphic stacks of paper, and “new tab” just makes a new stack. a heuristic dumps old stacks to disk so they don’t consume memory or cpu, but if you go back they can rehydrate, and ideally not in a way that is effectively reloading the page, though that might be unavoidable.

@natecull safari has like, half of this. you can zoom out and see a grid of stacks. i still eventually crash from too many tabs though.


@zensaiyuki I keep wondering what it is that keeps me using tabs and not bookmarks. I think three things so far:

* tabs have the back button memory (though not past the page where I right-clicked them, which is v. annoying if I've since closed that tab.. so, another reason never to close tabs

* they store a position in a page (sometimes), and page state (if not reloaded), which we don't have a URL representation for

* they're visible and in your face - so searchable - while bookmarks aren't

@natecull and all of that represents a cybernetic memory. fancy shmancy, but in my view closing a tab is technically brain damage

@natecull i finally read your goddam link and it turns out it’s exactly what i am talking about

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