8 Tips to Make Firefox Ridiculously Fast

You ARE using Firefox for your web browsing, right? If the answer is no, i HOPE it’s because you’re using Internet Explorer,Safari, Opera, or Google Chrome ;-). But for the rest of you (and those of you still trudging along with IE who have yet to make the move),

It’s a British tech site called 8 Tips to Make Firefox Ridiculously Fast.

tweak the right settings and you could make it faster still, more than doubling your speed in some situations, all for about five minutes work and for the cost of precisely nothing at all. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Enable pipelining:Browsers are normally very polite, sending a request to a server then waiting for a response before continuing. Pipelining is a more aggressive technique that lets…….

2. Render quickly:Large, complex web pages can take a while to download. Firefox doesn’t want to keep you waiting, so by default will display what it’s received so far every 0.12 seconds ………..

3. Faster loading:If you haven’t moved your mouse or touched the keyboard for 0.75 seconds (the content switch threshold) then Firefox enters a low frequency interrupt mode, ………….

4. No interruptions:You can take the last step even further by telling Firefox to ignore user interface events ……

5. Block Flash:Intrusive Flash animations are everywhere, popping up ……

6. Increase the cache size:As you browse the web so Firefox stores site images ……..

7. Enable TraceMonkey:TraceMonkey is a new Firefox feature that converts slow Javascript into super-speedy x86 code, and so lets it run some functions anything up to 20 times faster than the current version. It’s still buggy so isn’t available in the regular Firefox download yet, but if you’re willing to risk the odd crash or two then there’s an easy way to try it out.

8. Compress data:If you’ve a slow internet connection then it may feel like you’ll never get Firefox to perform properly, but that’s not necessarily true. …….

I made this particular change ages ago. The most dramatic difference comes when i download songs that I’ve bought. I can get a dozen songs on the way at the same time!

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