Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cathy's Firefox advice of the day

I love Mozilla's Firefox and have been an enthusiastic user for several years.

And I admit I'm way to addicted to add-ons and install more than I should. But why not Twitter from your browser?

I've also used iGoogle as my home page for awhile and I'm way to addicted to widgets for that, too.

Consequently, here at home anyway, Firefox was taking forever to load up on first instance, and, my surfing seemed a little slow, even with 5mbps download speed.

So I did a little searching and found this advice. It has REALLY made a difference--my too-heavy iGoogle page is now loading in seconds, not minutes. Not for the fainthearted, though:

How To Speed Up Firefox (Helpful Vanity)

Posted on Sunday, December 12, 2004 3:45:50 PM by KoRn

Here's something for broadband people that will really speed Firefox up:

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!

Interestingly, my Firefox installation on my work computer loads fine....

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