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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Make Firefox Faster Than Anything You've Ever Seen Before
Found this on ForeverGeek.com and it will change your Firefox (or Mozilla) life forever. But read the related issues before you try it:
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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 receives. If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!"
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Now the details. By opening that many server requests and hogging the banwidth, you are doing what the hacks call "server raping" and in fact may be banned from some sites. As one guy put it, "Great little tips, but only one problem, and that's that you're breaking servers by doing this. 3-5 requests is fine, but trying to do 30 requests at once puts some strain on the server. If two people try to access the same page at once with this set, that's 60 connections. Most httpd's are set to cut off after there are 100 connections made. So, 4 people with this set could not access the same site. I urge you to think things through before setting something like this and killing the websites you browse."

Therefore we suggest you change the maxrequests like to no more than 5. Speed is good, crashing Alice and Bill.com is bad.

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I think I fixed the bug with our site and FireFox too! Anyone finding it not working now?


 
Fill us in, your hottness. Maybe as a news item, 'cause it's interestin'.


 
Have accessed your site several times over the last hour
and it does seem to work perfectly with Firefox. No more hitting CTRL-R
Thanks



 
I've had no problems with your site since the fix.


 
Why does it look like it was the AdSneeze ads causing the problem?


 
I think it was our link to PC Mag. I moved the ads because we kept getting the same ads no matter what the topic posted and it didn't fix that problem. Have an email into Google, because something is wrong. But meanwhile the Mozilla bug is dead at least!


 
Much faster response (except waiting for blogger.com), and no reloading here either.

Thanks!



 
Did anyone try the speed boost in FireFox? My browser is on fire!


 
Firefox seems a bit faster.


I*t's great to have it working with your site now :)



 
Actually it was a bit faster on my Linux box. I just tweaked my windows firefox install and it's screaming like a raped ape. 8O


 
I have been using this Firefox tweak for about a week now. Although skeptical at first that this tweak would help, I notice a large difference in the speed at which web pages load versus IE.

Also, thks for the heads up on the greedy maxrequest setting. I am scaling mine back now.



 
This tweak applies for broadband connections only.


 
The PC Mag link?! What a hoot! Don't sweat the Google stuff. I keep getting "Save the Children," "Tsunami Relief," and "Donate a Goat," over on my personal website. Ha!! I think we sorta put the fear of God in them arguing that since the ads were targeted to content, pointing to the ads shouldn't have been a problem because the readers weren't disinterested parties. Let me know what you hear back.


 
Funny how the minute we got in troble all our ads started to not be targeted any longer. Hmmmmmm....

Yes - a simple link did it! The PC Mag link at the top of the page seems to have been the culprit, even though it lives happily further fown the page as is (zero code change)- must have been some way the table was rendered with that extra row up above. Go figure....



 
Re Firefox speedup...even setting it to 5 makes a considerable difference....many thanks


 
Wonderful

& thanks for the speed tip. (I'm so fooking tired of new ipod toys)

now if comments loaded faster........


degustibus



 
Setting the pipelining maxrequests to anything over 8 doesn't do anything, as 8 is the hardlimit, and anything over 8 is ignored.


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