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    Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    Firefox 2 is markedly faster than earlier versions.

    1. I disabled Phishing testing.
    2. I disabled the spell check. See the release notes, spell checking will not let you save forms with spellink errhers.
    3. I enabled image resizing.

    If you wish two due the same, just insert the follwing in the user.js file in the Firefox profiles directory.

    user_pref("browser.safebrowsing.enabled", false);
    user_pref("browser.enable_automatic_image_resizing ", true);
    user_pref("layout.spellcheckDefault", 0);

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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    I haven't noticed any speed difference whatsoever. On the whole, I'm rather disappointed with 2.0; it's certainly not a major new release. The preferences dialog in particular seems to have gotten a lot more obtuse.
    -Mark

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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    I, and others, have noticed significant speed improvenents.

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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    I, and others, have not noticed significant speed improvenents.(sic)
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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    Actually guys, I've just moved the family (and anyone else I can persuade) to opera 9.02. Now that really is fast and the pop-up blocking is superb...
    John (Unreconstructed Jacobite)

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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    I have Opera installed purely for testing, but you're right, I've always found it very very quick. I do wonder whether that's because of the extensions etc. I have on Firefox (Opera is arguably less fully featured) but I'm very impressed with Opera.
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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    Waggers

    ...and there is the rub. I have always used Firefox ( in all flavours) without all the extensions and add-ons... a vanilla install... ands it sings <img src=/S/sing.gif border=0 alt=sing width=24 height=20> like a singy thing and purrs like a purry thing.

    Personally I think making too many add ons can be bad for this application...OK, I am sure I am going to be shouted down by the die hards but a lot of all these extensions have not been tested in all combinations and it wouldn't surprise me if a few of them, in conjunction, will affect speed and stability of the base browser application.

    I am not against extensions in any way but if I use the analogy of a car, I can change certain functionality, new lights, new carburettor, a tweak to the engine here, and a twist here, ultimately it is still a car and for every tweak I do to the engine it is going to put extra stress on another part of the engine/car.
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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    Jerry,
    I agree completely. Too many, or the wrong combination (whatever that may be) of extensions can certainly brake basic functions. It is indeed easy to add extensions, but if the browser later on doesn't work as expected, well, it's common knowledge now, more or less, to look at the extensions installed (then maybe not every user start there, but looks for other cause).

    As to speed; over all the years I have found very little difference between browsers or different versions. Now, it has been said before that some people have "better" ability to observe small changes, or for that matter, are more interested in looking for changes. On the other hand, many here at the Lounge and other places are PC enthusiasts so they would probably observe a speed change if of any significance.

    When I some weeks ago went from 500 kbps to 8 Mpbs, I could of course observe a big difference. But, in my case, it obviously depends on what I try to connect to. The increase in speed when connected to the Lounge isn't always so big, more or less as before. Of course it must also depend on capacity and load at the site one tries to connect to.

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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    >When I some weeks ago went from 500 kbps to 8 Mpbs

    I did exactly the same and really, it is still very fast.

    If I was still on my 56 Kbps modem <img src=/S/snail.gif border=0 alt=snail width=21 height=17> it was sssoooo slow I was just pleased when I got a page up and never really knew what was fast and what was faster <img src=/S/snore.gif border=0 alt=snore width=32 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    Hi Jerry,
    Just a few comments on my browsers (not browser's) speed. I keep IE (now 7), Firefox, Opera (9.0.2) and Netscape on all my machines, all up-to-date/patched/etc., with the exception that the Firefox version is 1.5.0.7 (too busy and at the moment remain unconvinced that 2.0 is a huge improvement and therefore I'm not ready to upgrade yet) At any given time I will use IE7, Firefox or Opera to browse, but use Netscape only to test any apps I may have in my development pipeline (imho - can't stand Netscape's interface and consistantly very slow to load and use). My favorite is Opera, but must use IE7 most times on campus.
    I too, run a very vanilla install of Firefox, with the exception of a few web development tools (which have become essential and must-haves from my point of view) and from both work (T1) and home (DSL) I've not noticed any marked ability of Firefox to be any faster, and at times is slower than any of the other browsers I use. My case is not unique here on campus, but then neither are the cases where users praise its' speed. Of course there very well may be some setting somewhere that I have missed or mis-set. Opera has been very fast at both locations, but again I use a very mundane install of it as well. IE7 seems to follow its' own agenda as far as connection and download speeds are concerned.
    I certainly agree with your analogy that add-ons, extensions, etc. do place a greater load on the browser engine. I just wish that all these browsers would follow ALL the W3C *recommendations* so I didn't have to worry about what will display/render and how well they will display/render in each separate instance. Well, I can dream can't I?? <img src=/S/yadda.gif border=0 alt=yadda width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    I also believe that Opera may be faster, but I neve rgot into being a regular OPera user because:

    1. There were certain things I did not like in the GUI, but have no tyet been able to sustify th time to figure out the right way to do things.

    2. I'd rather rely of Firefox and IE to connect to critical sites, not sure whether OPera is supporte dby all sites I need.

    3. I must have some Lemming's DNA, so I follow the pack, for better or for worse, wisely or not.

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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    It looks like you could stand to benefit from Firefox 2's spelling checker, but I'm guessing you disabled it.
    -Mark

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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    eye rearlee mache spellink errhers, usyouali tieping errhers.

    eye dislabelled du chek beekauze

    <hr>When trying to print web pages with text areas, if the text area contains a misspelled
    word and spell checking is enabled, all the following content of the text area will
    not be printed. You can right-click in the text area and uncheck "Spell check this
    field" to turn off spell checking temporarily while you print
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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    Well, you could at least use the spell checking in the Lounge post composition screen to help catch stuff like the following which makes your prose somewhat difficult to read:
    <hr>...Opera may be faster, but I neve rgot into being a regular OPera user because:
    ...but have no tyet been able to sustify th time to figure out the right way to do things.
    ...whether OPera is supporte dby all sites I need.<hr>

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    Re: Firefox 2 options (Firefox 2)

    i tried the lounge spell checker a while ago.
    i ferget why, but their was sumptin i did not like about it,

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