Saturday, May 12, 2012

Firefox FTW

Since opening this blog, I've taken note of what browsers people are using to view my page. People ask me what the best web browser to use is, and my answers sometimes vary depending on what kind of work you do and the amount of multitasking you want to achieve; however, overall I would put my money on Firefox for the greatest amount of use-ability and their extensive addon selection. I decided to break down some of the bonuses of perks of using firefox.


Customization

Here is a list of the extensions used:

Adblock Plus: I have never had a single issue with advertising thanks to this plugin

Ant Video Downloader: Allows you to download any video from youtube or any website that is hosting video. Look to your bottom right corner of your browser while playing the video and it will download to the location of your choice. Great for getting music videos off of Youtube for later.

Cooliris: One of the more useful tools I've found. This can be used with any website with multiple images, and works great as a image search. Its display is easy to use and links to your facebook and google accounts for easy picture sharing. Even better to use with a touchscreen. This is also available for the iphone.


Download Statusbar: Gets rid of the annoying popup download window and places your downloads in an easy to monitor location.


FoxTab: This plugin reminds me of the loader for OSX safari. Allows you to place all of your favorite websites in a panel that is easy to choose from when starting your browser. You can change the theme and orientation of the sites to your own personal preference.


Personas: Customize the way your firefox looks with thousands of themes that easily apply to your browser if you're into the "my browser show my personality" thing.

Stylish: Ever wanted to change the way you look at websites? Well now you can, and you don't even have to try that hard. Once installed you can goto the addons options and go to a site that has thousands of styles already made that are easy to apply. Not necessary but sometimes makes browsing more enjoyable.
These are just a few of the addons I have found that make life easier on the web, there are numerous others and I'd like to hear if you've found any special addons that are close to your heart.

Xmarks: Have multiple computers running firefox? use this addon to sync all your bookmarks, favorites, and settings to all your other computers.



Speed

Don't pay for software that advertises optimizing your internet speeds, because the truth is that everything those programs do for $20 can be done in 5 minutes for free.

Method 1:
A few people may already know this trick but I'm sure many are too scared to try it. Its simple and wont damage your firefox browser, but what it will do is allow for faster browsing. When web browsers are published to the public they have to program according to numbers- the standard screen resolutions, the most common internet speeds, multi-tab use, etc. Firefox comes standard with settings that are medium grade connection speeds in order to balance for people who are using cable and people using DSN. To unlock and take advantage of your browsing ability follow these steps:
  • In the html bar type: "about:config"
  • ***!Don't bother with the warranty alert, you won't be changing anything to cause damage to browser.!
  • Type in "Network" and scroll down until you find these settings:
network.http.max-connectionsnetwork.http.max-connections-per-server
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-servernetwork.http.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
network.http.pipelining.ssl
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Once you have located these values, depending on your cable spe
ed use this multiplier to change the settings:

1mbps-6mbps: 1.2x
6mbps-10mbps: 2x
10mbps-16mbps+: 2.5x
So for example if you're using 6mbps then your default should be "network.http.max-connections;30" which multiplied by 2x then becomes "60". Simply double click the value on firefox and change them accordingly. For the "False" values change all to "True". Once you have these settings reconfigured you can now close out of firefox completely and reload. Try a few websites and see if you're browser load times and downloads do not increase. Let me know if you run into any complications. Happy to help.

Method 2:
This method is even easier to do and takes 50 seconds of your life to achieve. Granted it is not nearly as helpful as the above method but if you got scared off by the warranty message then this can still help you out.

Cache clear: Press "ctrl + shift + del"....yup thats it, check off the boxes that you don't want to keep and whip out all the extra storage that may slow down your browser or cause crashes. Also useful to get rid of annoying popups that may seem to tag along.

Private Browsing
Here's a helpful trick to the people who are scared the government is watching a don't want to be traced or have annoying cookies generated specially for you.

ON Private: Once you open your browser simply press: "ctrl + shift + P" to enter private mod. This is very useful for extra security when checking bank accounts and private emails.

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