It’s not really work related, but looking around in the office I see a lot of co-workers using a MacBook. And since we are doing webdevelopment I guess these same co-workers could/should be interested in browser-interoperability and maybe they got stuck with Google Chrome as their default browser. So here is the catch:
My MacBook constantly ran at very high temperatures, most of the time it ran the fan for cooling. Searching the internet everyone seemed to say “it’s normal” but noone said that for temperatures constantly above 80°C. So I went out to find the root cause of this and found that a bug causes Chrome to writes something like 20 lines to system.log _per pageload_. This led to my system.log silently growing to about 40 GB and spotlight indexing the hell out of it while I was browsing the web…hence the heat. Here are the bugs:
So what is the fix? Using Safari instead of Chrome dropped the temperature on my MacBook by about 30°C to a smooth 50°C. There you go: Don’t use Google Chrome!
Author: Stephan Maihöfer