Recently, I’ve noticed that my one and only favorite Web based feed reader Streamy started puncturing my browser when I’ve 9+ Firefox tabs open. Every Firefox power user should be aware of the Firefox memory leak problem. In my case, Firefox disturbs me too much when I’m running more than 4 heavy web apps simultaneously.
Streamy used to behave nicely about a month ago (when I started using it as a beta tester) but it seems like after the recent platform update, it has become a bit too heavy. Whenever I use it longer than 2hrs, Firefox becomes damn slow. Because of these troubles, I decided to create a WebRunner profile for Streamy.
For those of you who don’t know what the heck is WebRunner:
WebRunner is a simple XULRunner based browser that hosts web applications without the normal web browser user interface. WebRunner is based on a concept called Site Specific Browsers (SSB). An SSB is an application with an embedded browser designed to work exclusively with a single web application. Its doesnt have the menus, toolbars and accoutrement’s of a normal web browser. Some people have called it a “distraction free browser” because none of the typical browser chrome is used. An SSB also has a tighter integration with the OS and desktop than a typical web application running through a web browser.
With the Streamy WebRunner profile, I can easily spend hours using Streamy without troubling my normal browser session.
If you’re gonna try this technique to run Streamy, please note that I’ve just created a basic profile. I’m currently testing a few features with this profile and will post about the next release when it’s ready. If you’re geeky and would like to build your own WebRunner profile for Streamy, spend sometime reading the WebRunner docs.
To run Streamy as a separate desktop-like application, you’ll first need to download and install WebRunner. When you’ve installed WebRunner on your machine, download this Streamy WebRunner profile:
Double-click the streamy.webapp file to launch the application.