For a couple of weeks, I’ve been using a Firefox accelerator from mozdev.org called Fasterfox. Here’s what it says on the site:
Fasterfox – performance and network tweaks for Firefox.
- Prefetch Links
Dynamic speed increases can be obtained with Firefox’s unique prefetching mechanism, which recycles idle bandwidth by silently loading and caching all of the links on the page you are browsing.
- Tweak Network
Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay.
- Page Load Timer
A millisecond accurate page load timer tests the effectiveness of your settings.
- Block Popups
A popup blocker for popups initiated by Flash plug-ins is also included.
- Locales included for Argentine-Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, and Turkish.
Fasterfox integrates with your Firefox “Options” menu, and has several settings including one that allows you to customize its operation. I haven’t played much with the custom settings. I just clicked the radio button next to “Turbo Charged – Maximum performance, exceeds RFC specs (increases load to Web servers),” and left it alone.
I don’t think I’ve burned up any servers yet, and this app really gives Fx a kick in the pants! I published a hack here that jazzed it up some, but there’s no comparison. If you use the “alternative browser” (104,273,900 downloads and counting), you need to give Fasterfox a look.
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