I do almost every thing (e.g. study, work and reading news/forums) on my laptop (my only computer): writing my notes, reading documents, looking something up on the internet, .... I don't play games, and rarely do other entertainment either (such as watching videos or listening to music).
But I have been concerned with my following way of using my laptop, which I think sometimes drag my progress behind.
It seems inevitable that I soon created a lot of windows:
- more than 500 tabs in Firefox (which end up taking more than 1GB RAM), and
- tens of tabs in my directory manager/browser (in Nautilus)
many windows for reading pdf and djvu files (in Evince, in Okular and in djview)
many tabs in my terminal (gnome terminal)
That creates some problems to me:
My computer system (Ubuntu 12.04 and Thinkpad T400 since 2010) can becomes slow sometimes. Moreover, my CPU temperature is often very high, put my laptop at the danger of shutting down itself, so I scale down my cpu frequency to the lowest (0.80 GHz, and my computer's best freqeuncy 2.67 GHz), which only manages to lower my CPU temperature around 80 Celcius degree, at the cost of losing my CPU speed (which sometimes is not noticeable, but sometimes is annoying).
some application will close itself unexpectedly probably because too many tabs opened in them, such as firefox, nautilus, and gedit. With the session manager and history of Firefox, I can reopen the previous firefox tabs. But with nautilus and gedit, I can't remember all the directories and files I was working on before it close itself.
The reasons why I tend to create so many windows are that I often use my laptop in a stack-like manner: when doing something in the mid way, I switch to a new thing and create a new window/tab for the new thing, without closing the window/tab for the current thing (because I am afraid I will forget what I was doing and wish to resume from where I stopped, when I return back to it). More specifically,
When I am reading something (a pdf file or a website) or writing something called "A" (usually in a text file), I realize I need to look up and understand something related called "B" now, because
- it will help me do "A" better after I understand "B" better, or
- I can't proced with "A" without improving my understanding in "B", or
- I am afraid that I will forget what I would like to do, which is "B", after finishing "A".
there is some other unrelated thing I would like or need to do,
whether it is urgent or not, and
whether it is assigned by others, or I just think of it. I feel it is difficult to think of all the things I would like to do for a day at the beginning of the day).
So I wonder what are some proper ways to improve my stack-like habit of studying and working my laptop?
I sometimes wonder if it will be better that I spend some money to buy some better laptop/computer will help? (I am not familiar with current computer technology. )
What can be done to improve my personal study and work habit?