I don't know if it's just me or my imagination, but could it be possible that Safari is the worst piece of software ever to come out of Apple?
Right now I'm on my MacBook 2.4Ghz running OS 10.6.8 with 2GB of RAM. I find Safari to be consistently slow; slow in booting (45 seconds to boot?), slow to respond, VERY frequently giving me the message "Webpages are slow in responding" blah blah blah, or it just locks up for no reason at any given time and I get the spinning beach ball of death and have to force quit. In fact, I'd say that I have to force quit Safari on my MacBook and my PPC G5 desktop up to ten times a day, EVERY DAY.
When I try to restart, Safari is always -- ALWAYS -- the last program to quit, and 5 times out of 10 it won't quit and I have to force quit it.
How can this be with a piece of Apple software? Please don't tell me to switch to Firefox -- I've found its latest incarnations to be clunky, ugly and highly reminiscent of IE 5 in the bad old days.
Is it just me? It can't be my computer. I have Activity Monitor running in my menu bar permanently and when Safari seizes up, the activity is minmal. The two CPUs aren't running at any more than 20% each. So it's not some evil program running in the background hogging all my computer's resources.
Safari is simply, breathtakingly BAD. Is it only me? If I switch, what on earth could I switch to? Opera? Firefox, I abandoned long ago, since it too, with every new iteration seemed to get more bloated, sluggish and just plain bad. I really wish I could leap back a decade and run the Safari I had back then -- lean, stripped down and CONSISTENTLY a great performer. Now, I can confidently say that it is consistently the worst, buggiest, most resource-hogging, slow, untrustworthy, WINDOWS-LIKE piece of crap that I have ever had on my Macs, which date back to the Mac Plus.
Any suggestions? I find it a truly rare occasion to be ragging on a piece of software put out by Apple and it is frankly appalling, but when things get to be like Windows '95, you've just got to stand up and say "I can't take it any more."