Firebug can make Gmail slow

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

If you have FireBug installed in FireFox and you've been experiencing slow response from Gmail lately, you might find the following interesting. I just fired up my FireFox first thing this morning, went to Gmail and got the following message in alarming red: I clicked the "Fix It" link and received detailed instructions on configuring FireBug not to "interfere" with Gmail, which I followed (just disabled FireBug for Now that's good service!
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FIX: Google Toolbar resets/breaks/messes up IE7 toolbars

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ever since I've upgraded from IE6 to IE7, I've noticed that whenever I reopen my Internet Explorer, all my toolbars get messed up. It's as if they are reset to the original "factory" setting, regardless of how carefully I've tweaked them before previously closing IE7. Clearly something was wrong, but to my surprise the fault lay not with "Evil Microsoft" but with the "Benevolent Google"'s beloved Google Toolbar(!). I've learned here that the Google Toolbar uses some evil voodoo ("hijacks ITBarLayout from within its satellite BHO") which interferes with IE7's layout mechanism. Luckily, a site called makes a...
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SeaMonkey – The poor man’s FireFox

Sunday, March 11, 2007

This is a bit on the "old news" side of things, but have you heard of SeaMonkey? SeaMonkey is FireFox's smaller, uglier but faster brother. SeaMonkey is a web browser from the Mozilla Foundation that's based on Gecko - the same "layout engine" as FireFox. That means it renders HTML to your screen the exact same way as FireFox does. The difference? While FireFox uses the fancy, but "expensive", XUL for its user interface, SeaMonkey uses the native UI elements of whatever OS it runs on. SeaMonkey has less features and looks uglier but runs faster that FireFox...
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Snap Preview Anywhere

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Check it out, I'm test running Snap Preview Anywhere on my blog right here. It's a new service from the Snap search engine. Now, whenever your mouse hovers over a link in one of my posts you get an instant thumbnail preview of the contents of that link.  You can see for yourself by hovering over the above two links.Installation is a snap (pun intended). I just signed-up and received a short javascript snippet to embed in my blog. I put it in the News field of my Global Settings. Naturally there's some loss of privacy here as I've...

FireFox and Cache-Control: max-age=0

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

I usually post about problems that I've solved. But every once in a while, for all my digging around and googling, I come up on something that I can't solve quickly and thuroughly enough - so I post about it here in the hope someone can help.To make a long story short - I've found out that FireFox 1.5 appends a "Cache-Control: max-age=0" HTTP header to requests for ASPX files. This header tells the web server and any proxy servers on the way not to respond with cached version of the requested page and to go and run the...
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