Monday, May 09, 2005

Speeding Up Firefox

You all know how much I love firefox and encourage everyone to get it and dump IE. Some of you may notice though that at times with certain sites especially on a broadband connection, it can be a little slower than normal. Well here is a method for speeding it up. I did the tweak myself and noticed a considerable difference.

Just follow these steps:

1.Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining network.http.proxy.pipelining network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"

Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"

Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves. If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!

Also here are some of my favorite Extensions for the FOX:

FoxyTunes - Control your favorite media player without ever leaving the browser
ForecastFox - Get international weather forecasts from, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar
StumbleUpon - Lets you "channelsurf" the best-reviewed sites on the web. It helps you find interesting webpages you wouldn't think to search for.


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