How to make Firefox address bar faster

Firefox’s address bar, also known as the Awesome Bar, stores all sorts of awesome information in a SQLite database. The SQLite database slowly starts getting fragments and the Awesome Bar just isn’t as awesome if it gets all laggy. To solve this, you can vacuum the SQLite database that Awesome Bar used.

Go to Tools, then Error Console. And copy the following:

[code lang=”php”]Components.classes[ “@mozilla.org/browser/nav-history-service;1” ].getService( Components.interfaces.nsPIPlacesDatabase ).DBConnection.executeSimpleSQL( “VACUUM” );[/code]

And paste and click on Evaluate:

Vaccuming Firefox in Error Console
Vaccuming Firefox in Error Console

The browser probably freezes for a few seconds and the address bar feels faster.

[via MozillaLinks]

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 significantly faster in Linux

Let’s face it, Firefox isn’t exactly the fastest browser around. In Linux it’s worse, in fact, Windows Firefox through Wine in Linux is faster than Linux Firefox.

Tuxradar benchmark Firefox 3.5 Beta 4’s performance and the results are very optimistic.

I use Firefox and Opera in Ubuntu and I prefer Opera in terms of speed but it just never felt quite like a native application in Ubuntu. Firefox just doesn’t appear as responsive sometimes.

4 Gb RAM is a significant improvement

I never regret getting an additional 2 Gb for my memory, the improvement is significant and it delights me when applications launches quicker. I noticed the improved performance in applications such as Firefox and Photoshop. There’s a slight improvement in iTunes too I think, yes, that piece of crap.

The difference is less obvious in Windows 7 which already is pretty quick.

Why Ubuntu is better than Windows XP

Here’s a screenshot of a website for Windows XP:

Trojan in Windows XP

(Trojan in Windows XP.)

There is an animation of a Windows scanning utility discovering lots of trojan, an anti-spyware tool would be offered at the end. It tricks users into install something that they claim secure.

Here’s the same website in Ubuntu with the same animation:

Trojan in Ubuntu

(Trojan in Ubuntu.)

The screenshot would probably look realistic to a naive Windows XP user. And when you install the additional checking tool, who knows, you may end up with a virus.

I tried installing it in Ubuntu and couldn’t. Me sad.

[Thanks Irene for showing me the site.]

Hotmail has a new user interface

BUT it doesn’t work well in my browser. I couldn’t reply, I couldn’t get back to the inbox once I click on a message. The whole thing is just a disaster for me and I don’t know how to change it back. Seems like Microsoft is pushing this update batch by batch to their users.

Here’s a screenshot of the new interface:

Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail does not play well with Firefox

(Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail does not play well with Firefox.)

Of course, it worked for Internet Explorer but…

Anyhow, I should note that I do like the cleaner design. The new calendar is better too. And the contacts. Everything’s better… if and only if it works.

[By the way, there is still a huge wide advertisement slapped above the mail interface. I just crop it away because it is an advertisement.]

Chrome and the refreshing issue

These days I am pretty much using Google Chrome which I think is probably a little faster than Firefox. It actually loads faster than Firefox and the Pokéball inspired Chrome logo is lovely for Pokémon lovers like me.

But the thing that pisses me off is the refreshing. Firefox has Ctrl + F5 which does a forced refresh. Is there something similar in Chrome?

Also missing in Chrome is the beloved Delicious and Firebug plugins.

Google Chrome is faster than Firefox

Crashes faster. Five minutes is all it took. [Thanks Wynn.]

Google Chrome is faster than Mozilla Firefox

(Google Chrome is faster than Mozilla Firefox.)

I like the Incognito icon at the top left. That’s the porn mode right?

Google Chrome Incognito mode

(Google Chrome Incognito mode.) Continue reading “Google Chrome is faster than Firefox”

Google launching new browser – Google Chrome

Google is coming out with Google Chrome, an open source browser that takes cues from Apple WebKit and Mozilla Firefox. Does the world need another browser?

We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.

The blockquote represent statements from Google blog. And just so you know, the world does not need another browser.

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.

Ahahaa, love what they wrote there. Isn’t every product development about adding value to consumers and driving innovation. What a cliché.

We also built a more powerful JavaScript engine, V8, to power the next generation of web applications that aren’t even possible in today’s browsers.

Yay, one more browser to optimize.

We’ve used components from Apple’s WebKit and Mozilla’s Firefox, among others — and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.

It’s great that they’re taking cues from WebKit. You can see some Google Chrome comics here.

In general, an additional browser is a good thing for innovation. It’s probably the worst thing that could ever happen to web design or developing. Okay, actually the second worst, the worst being developing an additional skin for the iPhone just so to prettify things.

There was a time when Microsoft Internet Explorer is the de facto browser. While everyone’s not happy, remember that back then we only had one browser to test in. And that time Internet Explorer this version does not look the same as Internet Explorer that version, isn’t that just like what is happening right now?