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Thursday, September 18, 2008

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Firefox Tweaks

Topic Article "Firefox Tweaks"

There has been a lot of news flying around and I have simply not had the time to write about it, the last couple of days have been very busy, expect a flurry of articles in the coming days. Now lets explore the wonder that is known as Firefox.

Over the last few months I have noticed people complaining about Firefox and the memory ‘leaks’ and how much memory Firefox hordes for itself. I guess for some people the 40-60Mb of ram that Firefox is sitting on is expensive, but for me, Firefox doesn’t get close to touching my gig of ram, but for those performance nuts that like to do SuperPI runs while browsing the internet, this guide is for you. I have spent days and days (edit: hours) scouring the internet for all the tweaks, hacks, hax, plug-ins, extensions, and tricks that let you eke out every bit of performance and efficiency from Firefox. First off, the hacks.

Minimize Hack
The first hack that I have here is the popular Firefox Minimize Hack that has recently flashed through the internet. The purpose of this hack tries to keep Firefox from eating up your physical RAM and instead puts the burden on your hard drive, or at least that is the general reason behind it. To implement this hack, perform the following steps.

1. With Firefox up and running, type about:config and hit enter.
2. Right click on the new page and select New -> Boolean.
3. In the pop-up window, type in “config.trim_on_minimize” without quotes and hit enter.
4. In the next pop-up window, select True and hit enter.
5. Restart your browser

Before using this hack I went to Cnn.com and entered 10 different articles but never touched the back button, just using links. Upon the 10th article, Firefox was using 41Mb. I performed the hack and performed the same step by visiting the same sites with a cleared Cache, and memory usage was down to 33.7 Mb. This value never changed even after a few minutes left idle on the final page. Verdict: not a large saving with a slight decrease in browser rendering speed, worth it if you are ram limited.


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1 Response to "Firefox Tweaks"
sETiawAn said :
October 10, 2008 at 4:30 PM
nah ini tambahan masukan buat ku nih...

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