Quick Firefox

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These tips come from from Jim Westergren's "Make Firefox run up to 4 times faster" and are for version 3.0.9 of Firefox. Please read his blog entry for detailed description of the settings.

These are good for users who browse a lot, have broadband connection and likes having lots of tabs open at the same time.

To change these settings type about:config in the address bar and filter by the following keys. Values are after the ;-character.


browser.history_expire_days_min;10
browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers;1
browser.tabs.tabMinWidth;80
layout.spellcheckDefault;2
network.http.max-connections;100
network.http.max-connections-per-server;20
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server;8
network.http.pipelining;true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests;8
network.http.proxy.pipelining;true
network.http.request.max-start-delay;0
network.prefetch-next;false

There are also two new values that can be entered. Right click a white space and choose new.

config.trim_on_minimize;true
nglayout.initialpaint.delay;100

Another tip for users who likes having a lot of tabs open is to set a narrower width than the default 100.

browser.tabs.tabMinWidth;70

Works great and makes Google Reader and other web apps much more responsive.

By Jesper Lind

Blog in application - how to make rss feeds private?

Ayende writes an interesting post about the how idea of having a blog incorporated in your application can be a clever idea.

I have been thinking of this concept myself for a admin system I am developing. I think that a rss feed would be very handy but havn't been able to figure out how to make it private. Think I read somewhere about a way to put password on a feed, but some of the big rss readers does not support it yet (for example Google Reader).

One of the commenters to Ayende's post gave me a tip worth checking out. Unfortunatly it only works in Outlook / IE.

If you want to make RSS feeds private the easiest way (that works with Outlook at least) is to enable HTTP Basic Authentication and visit the RSS feed with IE to input credentials and check the option to save them. Then Outlook will transparently use those credentials to update the feed.
By Jesper Lind
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