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Create a Downloads Folder for Firefox

Sometimes the simple usability tips are the ones that people overlook the most.  Creating a downloads folder not only keeps things organized when you download things from the Web in Firefox, it also will save you time too.

More About the Downloads Settings and Options

In the menu bar, go to Tools and then select Options.  In the Main tab in the options menu, you should see an area where you can configure how Firefox handles your downloads.

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I would recommend selecting the Save files to option and setting up a downloads folder where you can save all your downloaded files.  Why?  It makes it much easier to find them after you are done, and also it keeps your desktop clean – which often is the default place to dump things for many people out there.  I have mine setup right inside of my documents in Windows XP and my profile folder inside of Vista.  It doesn’t matter where you put it, as long as it is somewhere you can easily reach.

Show the Downloads window when downloading a file is pretty obvious, checked it will show the download manager box as your downloads progress and unchecked, it’ll keep the download information and alerts in your Firefox status bar.  You can also select the option to close it when all downloads are finished.  I don’t do this, cause I usually want to check out what I just downloaded after I downloaded it. 

Always ask me where to save the files might be a good option for those of you out there that need to have everything in it’s specific spot, but often becomes a great time waster. 

Just dump your downloads into a folder called, “Downloads” – it makes things much easier.

Browse Faster with SmarterFox

SmarterFox Helps You Browse Faster Another jewel in the ruff I discovered when browsing around the Mozilla add-ons site was SmarterFox.  What does this add-on to the browser do for you?  It helps make browsing the web just that much faster…and smarter!

Where are the features?  Here are some of the thinks I liked about this awesome add-on to your browser:

  • Search by selecting/highlighting text and then clicking on the popup bubble
  • Google results automatically show up in the Awesomebar/URL bar as you type (faster than going to google.com)
  • Easily switch between search engines during a search with a single click
  • Convert text URLs into clickable links
  • Automatically copy on select / paste on middle click / paste on right click (NOT enabled by default)
  • Visit bookmarks quickly with keyboard shortcuts using qLauncher
  • Adds "related articles" side-pane to Wikipedia

There is definitely a lot of browser tweaking to be loved here.  It is that type of extension that does many things well, instead of focusing on doing one thing really well.  So if you would like to kill several birds with on stone – this is the pick me up your browser has been looking for. 

Want to give it a shot?  Pickup SmarterFox on the Mozilla add-ons site and let me know what you think.  Has it helped you browse the Web any faster or smarter?

Are You As Fast as Firefox 3.5?

Fastest Firefox Ever! As a part of a new marketing campaign, the fine people at Mozilla want to know how fast are you?  They are asking for anybody and everybody to start sending them a video of your speediest skill, no matter what it might be.

How do you participate?  Here are the details from Mozilla:

It’s easy to participate in Fastest Firefox. Pick your talent (knitting, flipping burgers, brushing your teeth, whatever!) and make a video doing your thing—FAST! Follow the steps below and update before 6-21-09.

  1. Make a 30-second video (home-movie style is perfect) of your fastest talent.
  2. Click the button below to upload your video.
  3. We’ll compile as many of your clips as possible into a single community video, so check after the Firefox 3.5 launch to see if yours made it!

Firefox 3.5 is two times faster than 3.0. And ten times faster than 2.0, or so they report via this new web site where you can learn about this speed run challenge. 

Firefox’s New JavaScript Engine Faster than Chrome’s V8

Yes, it is true because big graphs never lie…

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Why debate it, when you have a really big pretty graph to look at?  Here is some more on the topic from arstechnica.com.

One of the most impressive features in Google’s open source Chrome web browser is V8, a high-performance JavaScript virtual machine that was developed by a team of specialists in Denmark. Although Chrome’s performance beats the current stable version of Firefox, benchmarks show that Mozilla’s next-generation JavaScript engine actually outperforms V8.

So is the new browser speed war going to be between Firefox and Chrome? 

TraceMonkey

Thanks to a new JavaScript engine (named TraceMonkey) it looks as if Firefox 3.1 is going to be getting a major boost in performance.

Here are the benchmarks thus far:

assorted-benchmarks

Be sure to check out Brendan’s Roadmap Updates for more.  Also here are a few handy links from John Resig on the testing:

So the big question is, will Firefox be able to make Firefox 3.1 even faster in the area of JavaScript?  If you have the nightly build of Firefox 3.1 installed, you can turn TraceMonkey on by going to about:config and then toggle the javascript.options.jit.content setting from false to true.  For the rest of us out there though, this is just one more surprise to look forward to once Firefox 3.1 gets rolled out to the public.

For more info, be sure to check out Firefox 3.1 to Get More JavaScript Speed Optimizations – as the CyberNet team had done a good in-depth look into this and has done the best job at making it make sense to everybody.

Monitor Everything with StatusbarEx

The web browser is a handy thing to have your monitoring tools in because it is open a lot of the time, and so then the information is always there and in your face. One of the monitoring tools that has caught my eye the most these days is StatusbarEx. It will show you a little ‘bit of everything.

monitor-firefox

It shows tons of useful information right inside of your Firefox status bar. You can find out the memory usage (of the system and Firefox), the network speed, CPU details and more. You can also select which details you would like to have shown and the text color that it uses to do so.

As you can tell from the above screenshot – you’ll also look like a real geek when doing so (which is what we love to do) and impress your non-geeky friends. How many add-ons can do that?

Firefox 3 Beta 4 in the Wild

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is ready for download. Well there was some confusion yesterday on if it was out or not, so I decided to hold off on this till today. Yet again, Mozilla continues to surprise and amaze with improvements to the core product. Two of the biggest updates I would say would be:

  • Speed:
    Improvements to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimizations have resulted in significant improvements. Compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast in Firefox 3 Beta 4, and the popular SunSpider test from Apple shows improvements over previous releases.
  • Memory usage:
    Some new technologies work together to reduce the amount of memory used by Firefox 3 Beta 4 over a web browsing session. Memory cycles are broken and collected by an automated cycle collector, a new memory allocator reduces fragmentation, hundreds of leaks have been fixed, and caching strategies have been tuned.

You can check out the full list of improvements and updates on the release notes and as always, Mozilla Links has an awesome in-depth review of this newest Firefox beta release.

Speed Up Firefox, New Profile Tweak

The fox a little slow you say? Well instead of reinstalling Firefox, you could start up a new profile to speed things up. Yes, that old buddy of ours, the profile manager is still buried inside of Firefox. Once upon a time it was suppose to be used to manage multiple users – now it is tucked away.

New Profile for Firefox

I Windows all you need to do is go to Start, Run and then:

Type firefox.exe – P in the Run box of Windows

I have to say this has to be the most interesting way I’ve seen of speeding up Firefox. Check Out the Step by Step at Digital Inspiration!

Firefox Does Not Go Any Faster

I feel somewhat vindicated today. Why? Well after reading this post over at Windows Skills, I feel like the world makes a little more sense. I had never noticed any difference when installing these extensions or programs that were suppose to make Firefox faster. Turns out they might not do a thing.

There are many articles and tools which promise to increase your browsing speed. Well, I usually don’t like spending too much time on this but today I decided to try a small tool and show you the results. I’m sure the guys at TotalIdea did a good job looking for ways to improve our browsing speed if we use their freeware application so I didn’t spend more time looking for something else.

Read things over for yourself, leave your comments and let me know what you have to say on the subject. Can you really get Firefox to go any faster that it already does?

Block Flash and Speed Up Loading

Now when it comes down to it, I am not sure how much flash on a Web site really slows you down. When you are looking for speed though every little tweak helps.

Web designer use Flash animation to attract visitor attention, too much flash animation will make people feel annoying. There is this firefox extension Flashblock which able to block flash animation from loading. I’m using this Flash block to block all flash animation.

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