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4 Simple hacks to make Firefox “faster”

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Firefox is generally considered to be the fastest of the browsers available in the market today. If you get to searching, you will find innumerable techniques, many of which can be quite complicated and may lead to data loss. Also most techniques available are for the broadband users. Here, we have not only kept the broadband users in mind but also those who use slower connections like a dialup. In saying so, we have tried to come up with most combinations of computers and the types of connections.

  1. Reduce the amount of RAM Firefox uses for it’s cache feature
    • Type about:config in the address bar in the browser.
    • Click button I’ll be Careful, I promise!
    • Enter browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer in filter box
    • Set it’s value to 0.
  2. Increase the Speed in Which Firefox loads pages
    • Type about:config in the address bar in the browser.
    • Click button I’ll be Careful, I promise!
    • Modify the values for following entries
      • Set network.http.pipelining to true
      • Set network.http.proxy.pipelining to true
      • Set network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to 12 or more depending upon your internet connection speed
    • At last, right-click anywhere and select New > Integer. Name it nglayout.initialpaint.delay and set its value to 0.
  3. Reduce RAM usage to 10mb when Firefox is minimized
    • Type in about:config and then press Enter.
    • Click button I’ll be Careful, I promise!
    • Right Click in the page and select New > Boolean.
    • In the box that pops up enter config.trim_on_minimize and Press Enter.
    • Now select True and then press Enter.
    • Restart Firefox.
  4. Optional ConfigurationsOptionally here are some more options for your about:config (you might have to create some of these entries by Right Click –> New– > Integer (value 0 & 5) or String (for true & false)
    • Create network.dns.disableIPv6 and set it to false
    • Create content.notify.backoffcount and set it to 5
    • Create plugin.expose_full_path and set it to true
    • Create ui.submenuDelay and set it to 0

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Firefox 3.5 to be released June 30

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According to a report by webmonkey, the final version of Firefox 3.5 will be released on June 30.

Firefox 3.5 is the first major revision since 3.0 was released about a year ago. The new version sports a faster rendering engine, stability enhancements and a new javascript engine. It will also include support for the most widely-used elements of HTML 5 that allows for offline data access, enhanced web graphics and multimedia playback without plug-ins. The Firefox logo has also had a small revision as well.

Mozilla has been showing different 3.5 features within a 35 day period, and has also shown the new tools develops can take advantage of in the new version.

The new version was originally going to be 3.1, but was renamed to 3.5 later to reflect a greater scope of changes than what has originally been planned.

Headup – Share the Web

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Headup is a Firefox addon that helps you discover content related to your interests and your friends.

Headup underlines words on pages you browse. Hover over underlined words to get relevant content from popular web services. Discover music &videos, see people’s contacts &online activities, find blogs &photos related to the things that interest YOU.

Headup uses its own interface to display the content it discovers for you and is entirely independent of your browser. The overlay interface keeps Headup’s discoveries in context with your current browser tab so that you don’t lose track of what interests you.

Publisher’s Website: SemantiNet

Download: HeadUp

Fun with Firefox Chrome URLs

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Firefox’s user interface is written using XUL and Javascript. The Gecko engine which renders the webpages also renders the user interface. This means you can enter chrome URLs into the Firefox address bar and do some really cool things.

I wouldn’t recommend trying out any of these “tricks” if you have any important websites open. Everything has been tested with Firefox 1.5 on Windows.

chrome://browser/content/browser.xul

This is awesome. Type this in the address bar and you can have a nested copy of Firefox running inside Firefox. You can even open up several tabs at this URL and have tabbed windows. You can even nest Firefox inside itself several times. Most things seem to work.

browser.xul

chrome://global/content/alerts/alert.xul

Notice: This will make your Firefox window disappear under the taskbar. Before loading this URL, make sure you have at least one other tab open. The Firefox window should do a crazy dance in the corner of the screen. If your Firefox window disappears, right click Firefox in the taskbar and select maximize. Press Control+W to stop Firefox from moving around.

chrome://browser/content/preferences/preferences.xul

Opens the Options window. In Firefox 1.0 use chrome://browser/content/pref/pref.xul

chrome://browser/content/bookmarks/bookmarksPanel.xul

Opens a list of your bookmarks.

chrome://browser/content/history/history-panel.xul

Opens a list of websites in your history.

chrome://global/content/console.xul

Opens the Javascript console.

chrome://mozapps/content/extensions/extensions.xul?type=extensions

Opens the Extensions window.

extensions

chrome://mozapps/content/extensions/extensions.xul

Opens the Themes window.

chrome://mozapps/content/profile/profileSelection.xul

Closes the current tab in Firefox; or the window if there is only one tab open.

chrome://global/content/finddialog.xul

Opens the old Firefox “Find” dialog (non functional)

chrome://global/content/printdialog.xul

Opens the Firefox Print dialog (non functional)

chrome://global/content/filepicker.xul

Seems to open a Linux style file picker on Windows for me. Non functional on Windows.

You can use the DOM Inspector and inspect windows to find cool URLs. Let me know if you find something neat.

Microsoft to Release Internet Explorer 8 Today

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Microsoft is all set to release the final version of Internet Explorer 8 later today.

The final release of the browser comes almost two months after the release of the RC1.  While the feature set is expected to remain similar to the existing RC1 (which is still available for download as of now), the final version is expected to have ironed out all bugs and issues that is expected of a final release. It will be released in as many as 25 languages.


With the IE8, Microsoft aims to lure users away from advanced users who had migrated to more “secure” and feature-packed browsers. IE has been steadily losing its once unassailable market lead to the likes of Firefox from Mozilla and more recently, Google Chrome, which had more features and were touted to be more secure than the erstwhile editions of IE. Even now, a large chunk of Internet users still use IE6, which is two generations old now and for the same reason, is an obsolete browser.

Microsoft has devoted close to a year developing the IE8 which is obviously the most secure version of the browser ever. In fact, a commissioned report by Microsoft had placed the RC1 at the number one spot in detecting malware and suspicious content. The research was conducted by NSS labs and they had included the likes of Firefox (3.07), Apple Safari 3 and Google Chrome in the study.

Microsoft will eventually start pushing the browser through automatic updates. For those who can’t wait, it is expected to be available for download starting 21:30 hours India time today from the Internet Explorer homepage.

We will of course be taking a closer look at it a soon as we get our hands dirty – but we’re not expecting something radically different from the RC1!

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