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For the rest of the world who is intending to use, or already using Firefox as their browser of choice, this post will assist you to trick-out the already-nifty browser for even better performance. All these while I’ve been using Firefox until the recent prompts for me to upgrade to v3.0.x is starting to work their subliminal effects. Of course, I’m unsure if such an upgrade will undo any “about:config” tweaks which I’ve currently configured. Therefore, I’ve decided to consolidate all the popular tweaks for Firefox 2/3 and post them here while I apply them step-by-step to my own Firefox 3 installation. I’ve to clarify: none of the tweaks issued here are of my own derivations, so much thanks and credit to the original source, without which this will be impossible. The sources which I used as reference are:


Caution: please BACKUP your Firefox profile folder, explicitly backup your bookmarks, explicitly backup your signin passwords(signons.txt, signons2.txt, key3.db) BEFORE attempting any of the tweaks listed hereafter. The procedures for performing any of the 3 backups aforementioned, are easily available on the Internet.

UPDATE: To restore your bookmarks in Firefox 3, go to Bookmarks and then Organize Bookmarks. In the Library, click on Import and Backup and click on “Import HTML”. The on screen wizard should walk you through the rest of the steps.

Alright?…then let’s go…

1. config.trim_on_minimize – (retained from my Firefox 2’s about:config, i.e. no action req’d if you done this once before)

Configure Firefox to swap memory to disk when minimized. This will make Firefox less responsive if you minimize/maximize a lot, but it is good if you need to free memory while multi-tasking to other applications. Right click on the page and choose New then Boolean and create a boolean called config.trim_on_minimize and set it to true. Now when you minimize the window it will free up memory.

2. browser.urlbar.autoFill=True – (may undo if it annoys me later)

To auto Complete URL while typing in the address Bar

3. browser.urlbar.maxRichResults = # – (not performed, as the default has not annoyed me yet)

To set the number of auto complete URL in the address bar. (# indicates the number of auto complete URLs shown. The default is 12)

4. middlemouse.paste = True – (executed; quite novel & useful)

To paste copied content by clicking the center button on the mouse

5. browser.blink_allowed = False – (executed)

To disable blinking text

6. browser.tabs.closeButtons = 3 – (not performed, as the default has not annoyed me yet)

To create a single close button to for all Firefox Opened Tabs.

7. browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo=15 – (my default was 5; adjusted to 15)

To increase number of recently closed tabs.

8. layout.spellcheckDefault = 2 – (executed, my default was 1)

To enable spell-checking in single line input fields as well as text areas.

9. To speed up the browser (This is the famous network-pipelining tweak; I’m unsure of its effects when used in conjunctions with Firefox3 AND FasterFox)

UPDATE: untouched, as my “original” settings, i.e. those parameters have the status of “default”, NOT “user set”, were apparently higher than the adjusted figures as shown below

network.http.max-connections 30 to 96

network.http.max-connections-per-server 15 to 32

network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server 6 to 8

network.http.pipelining false to true

network.http.proxy.pipelining false to true

network.http.pipelining.maxrequests 30 to 8

network.http.pipelining.ssl false to true

network.http.proxy.pipelining false to true

10. browser.tabs.tabMinWidth = 75 – (may undo if “75” is useless; default is 100)

To show more tabs on single window. Show More Tabs on Single Firefox Window before Scrolling. Setting lesser value with reduce Tab width, i.e. many claims 75 to be sweet spot, default is 100.

11. – (executed; quite useful)

To display search results in new tab

12. Change the browser.bookmarks.autoExportHTML value from false – (executed)

Firefox 3 doesn’t store your bookmarks in the plain old HTML file that Firefox 2 did, so desktop launchers like Quicksilver and Launchy can’t index them properly. But the HackCollege blog has a solution: a Firefox 3 about:config tweak that makes Firefox automatically export your bookmarks to a file. Change the browser.bookmarks.autoExportHTML value from false to true to get a bookmarks.html file saved to your Firefox profile directory each time you shut down your browser. Not only does this config tweak provide a nice automatic bookmark backup, it also makes your links accessible to application launchers like Quicksilver and Launchy for quick launching from the desktop.

13. set gfx.color_management.enabled equal to true to see richer colours – (executed, will visit photo-intensive sites to review performance hit)

See richer image colours by enabling colour profiling support. Firefox 3 can support advanced colour profiles in digital photos, but ships with the feature turned off by default because it can cause a performance hit. If you’ve got a fast machine, and view digital photos online that look washed out because they’re using a non-sRGB profile, you can set gfx.color_management.enabled equal to true to see richer colours. Here’s more on about:config values to customise the AwesomeBar’s suggestions algorithm.

14. Double-click security.dialog_enable_delay and change the value to 0 – (executed; original value is 2000)

When you’re installing extensions left and right (and you know what you’re doing), you don’t want to wait for Firefox’s built-in four-second countdown to complete before the Install button gets enabled.

15. i. Go to Tools -> Options.
ii. Click on Applications tab icon.
iii. Locate and click to highlight mailto Content Type, and at the corresponding drop down box of Action, select Use Yahoo! Mail. – (executed!)
iv. Click OK.

If you prefer to use web based Yahoo! Mail as your default email client, and want to let Yahoo! Mail handles all mailto: protocol, so that the automatic e-mail message composing and email sending will be done via Yahoo! webmail interface, Firefox 3 provides a very easy to associate the mailto: link with Yahoo! mail web-based interface, in fact, it’s a built-in integration. After change, whenever a mailto: link is clicked, the email address will be sent to Yahoo! Mail account Compose web interface, with recipient automatically set at the clicked e-mail address.

16. Change browser.urlbar.matchOnlyTyped to true and browser.urlbar.maxRichResults to 1 or 0 – (not performed as it has not affected me yet)

If you want the location bar to act like Firefox 2 did, set it to 1. Otherwise set to 0. Now when you start typing in something in the location bar it will skip popping up this crapola all over the place. If you like the Smart Location Bar but would rather see it have less results, keep matchOnlyTyped to false and set maxRichResults to 5 instead of 12 (as above).

17. right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″ – (retained from my Firefox 2’s about:config)

This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.

18. set value of places.frecency.unvisitedBookmarkBonus and places.frecency.bookmarkVisitBonus to “0” – (not performed as it has not affected me yet)

Remove Bookmarks Completely from Address Bar, for those folks who have “sensititve” bookmarks. Firefox 3 uses the Frecency score to determine sites that should appear in the drop-down. We can set frecency value for bookmarks to zero and thus they won’t appear in the location bar. Setting places.frecency.unvisitedBookmarkBonus to 0 will prevent bookmarks from appearing that you have never visited while places.frecency.bookmarkVisitBonus will prevent display of bookmarks that you have visited since the last time you cleared private data in Firefox. Restart Firefox. Anything that has a frecency value of zero doesn not show up in autocomplete results and thus your bookmarks won’t turn in the suggestions anymore.

19. open up the Firefox preferences, switch to the Advanced -> General tab, and then check the box labeled Warn me when web sites try to redirect or reload the page. – (executed)

Get Notified when a Website Redirects You. Some websites redirect users from one address to another, and it often happens so quickly that it can be difficult to catch. This could be a bad thing because the site could try to redirect you to a malicious or inappropriate site, but you can setup Firefox 3 to alert you when things like this happen. Whenever a site tries to redirect you from one page to another you should see a warning bar

20. – (not performed as it has not affected me yet)
* Default Value: True
* Possible values:
o True – Scans each download with the installed antivirus application
o False – Does not scan each download with the installed antivirus application

Disable Firefox Antivirus Scanning for Windows users when Firefox 3 finishes downloading a file it will initiate a virus scan using any antivirus application that the user has installed on the computer. If you download a lot of files (especially large files) this can become a bottleneck for you as you wait for each file to be scanned, especially when many antivirus applications will automatically scan all incoming files. That means each file you download might get scanned twice. (adjust this at YOUR own risk!)

21. browser.tabs.closeButtons – (not performed as my original value of “1” is cool)
* Default Value: 1
* Possible values:
~ 0 – display a close button on the active tab only
~ 1 – display close buttons on all tabs
~ 2 – don’t display any close buttons
~ 3 – display a single close button at the end of the tab strip (Firefox 1.x behavior)

The placement of the Close Button has been a very controversial subject for many people. I have run into several individuals who hate that there is now a button on every tab while others say “it’s about time.” I like the feature but if you’re one of the people that don’t then you can easily change it

22. Set layout.word_select.eat_space_to_next_word to false – (executed)

so that when you double-click on a word to select it, Firefox does not select the space to the right of that word!

UPDATE: I’ve executed most of the tweaks above as indicated in the appropriate lines. For the record, mu upgrade path was from v2.0.0.18 > v2.0.0.19 > v3.0.5.

Once again, there are a LOT MORE tweaks out there, and furthermore not all are simple about:config adjustments. I only included the ones that I’m highly likely to perform. Anyway, enjoy!


“Inner struggle is…”

Posted: April 20, 2008 by ralliart12 in Pod dock, Quotes
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“…the constant battle between your wallet and your current priorities”.

Fiorano after the circuit Ferrari uses to hone the performance of its track and road cars; GTB as in Gran Turismo Berlinetta after the most famous Ferrari berlinettas ever built; and 599 to reflect the displacement of its V12 engine divided by 10. The stunning new all-aluminium two-seater that Ferrari is unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show is summed up rather succinctly by its own name and delivers everything that this promises. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, in fact, sets a new benchmark of excellence in the sports car world.


This new model was designed with several specific objectives in mind: to surpass the intense driving pleasure of such renowned models as the F40, to guarantee stunning performance courtesy of its highly innovative content and technology transfers from the F1 single-seaters, and to deliver superior standards of roominess, comfort, ergonomics and safety. The result is the absolute pinnacle of achievement in terms of thoroughbred Ferrari sportiness and technology.

The new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in an astonishing 3.7 seconds and boasts a top speed in excess of 330 km/h. However, it is still the new model’s uniquely innovative content that guarantees superior driving pleasure, handling and sportiness.


The technical specification of the engine speaks for itself: 5999 cm3 displacement, a specific power output of 103 hp/litre (a first for a naturally aspirated production engine of this displacement).

Twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank boast continuously variable timing on both inlet and exhaust cams to optimise torque delivery and drivability at both low and high revs. A twin-plate, low inertia clutch in unit with the engine also helps lower the centre of gravity. Chain driven distribution reduces noise and is maintenance-free. The Fiorano’s engine delivers a maximum torque of 608 Nm at 5,600 rpm and means that the car pulls well at all engine speeds. The new model’s breathtaking sportiness is due in part to record maximum revs for an engine of this displacement (apart from the Enzo). Its maximum power output is 620 hp at 7,600 rpm with a maximum engine speed of 8,400 rpm. Particular attention was also paid to fuel consumption which is the same as in the previous model, under similar use, despite a significant leap in performance. Development work for the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano also focused specifically on the distinctive sound the engine makes, reducing mechanical resonance in favour of a pure V12 soundtrack from both the intake manifold and the exhaust system. This not only enhances driving pleasure but makes for a quieter ride inside the cabin itself.


The new generation F1 gearbox that debuts on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is a further development of the F1 gearbox used on all of the models in the Ferrari range.
The F1-SuperFast system enhances the car’s high-performance capabilities by using the elastic energy within the transmission components, together with the integrated electronic engine and gearbox management programmes, to speed up gear change times. The various stages involved in changing the gears are implemented in parallel (non-sequentially) and this results in exceptionally fast gear shifting. In fact, it cuts overall gear-shift times to just 100 ms. The system is integrated with the manettino and the driver is still free to choose between either the Automatic mode or the Launch Control setting which offers smoother starts from standstill.


The experience built up over thousands of kilometres of Formula 1 testing and racing by Ferrari’s drivers is now being made available to ensure clients have access to cutting-edge road-holding, safety and stability. The system continually monitors the speed of both front and rear wheels and features predictive software that estimates the maximum available grip in advance, compares this information with the vehicle dynamics model stored in the control system, and adjusts its reactions to suit, optimising traction by modulating power delivery.

The result is easier, smoother high-performance driving, thanks to maximum grip out of bends (a 20% increase in acceleration compared to a traditional traction and stability control system) and predictable handling even in extreme situations. The F1-Trac is integrated with the manettino which adapts the car’s behaviour to the driving conditions: the Sport setting provides the best balance between stability and performance on the road while Race ensures clients maximum performance combined with consistently brilliant handling. The F1-Trac system is another world first for Ferrari.


Unlike traditional oleodynamic systems, magnetorheological (MR) fluid suspension systems react instantly to road conditions and driver inputs, thanks to the fact that the dampers use a fluid the viscosity of which is modified by applying an electronically controlled magnetic field.

What this means in practice is greatly improved body control which in turn directly improves handling and road-holding thanks to optimal tyre grip in all road conditions. The result is a much safer and more enjoyable driving experience courtesy of reduced roll and greater control when accelerating, braking and cornering. This is the very first time the SCM (Magnetorheological Suspension Control) suspension has been used on a high performance sports car.


The steering wheel-mounted manettino vehicle dynamics control switch, originally developed for the 1996 Formula 1 season, has been taken a step further for the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

The manettino integrates the stability and F1-Trac traction control systems, the F1-SuperFast gearbox and the SCM (Magnetorheological Suspension Control) fluid suspension. This means that the driver can select the correct setting for the grip conditions at any given time. The manettino’s readouts are displayed on the new on-board Multi Display unit so that the information important to each specific setting is instantly available to the driver (e.g. lap times, tyre temperature and pressure or trip computer readouts.)


Lengthy testing in the wind tunnel at Ferrari plus various simulations have yielded exceptional results in terms of both downforce and drag. The optimisation of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano’s underbody, the rear diffuser and flying buttresses have resulted in an aerodynamic load of just 160 kg at 300 km/h. Similarly, the Cd – drag coefficient – is just 0.336.


The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is a strikingly sculptural car. The design is so supple, in fact, that each new angle brings something new to light. Its forms say it all about its extreme sportiness yet still retain a unique sophistication.

A balance has been struck in the interior between the car’s sporty vocation and the feeling of intimacy and safety that only skilled hand-crafting and detailed personalisation can achieve. The passenger areas of the car are trimmed in sumptuous leather while the driver area and controls boast more high-tech detailing in carbon-fibre and aluminium.

In addition to the steering wheel and manettino, the central rev counter with a choice of red or yellow background and solid aluminium passenger controls, the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano also boasts attractive new styling cues including a central grip to provide extra support for the passenger and new adaptive racing seats featuring carbon-fibre side rests. Other standard accessories include front bi-xenon headlamps and rear LED lights, dusk and rain sensors, dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable steering-wheel column, hideaway radio/CD player and key with integrated volumetric anti-theft device with motion sensors.

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano also benefits from an already vast choice of personalisation options available for every Ferrari model. Four areas are covered by this programme: Racing and Track, Exteriors and Colours, Interior and Materials, Equipment and Travel.

The Racing and Track options include CCM (Carbon Ceramic Material) brakes, 20″ Challenge one-piece rims with run-flat tyres, four-point harnesses and a cockpit roll-bar. The Scuderia wheel arch shields and coloured brake calipers complete the look for sportier clients.

Interior and Materials options include a new Enzo Ferrari-inspired carbon-fibre steering wheel with LED rev display which can be specified along with a special carbon-fibre trim kit for the door panels, instrument panel, gear stick surround and sill kick panels. Various types of leather trim are also available for the seats and interior too. Travel and Equipment accessories include front and rear parking sensors, iPod-friendly set-up, satellite anti-theft system and a luggage set specially tailored to fit this model.

Ladies & gentlemen, I present to you the 2nd in line of the Ultimate series: the Nissin XO Sauce Seafood instant Flavour bowl noodle! Absolutely a rare gem, I ran into it on a dark & stormy night, thunder and…wait, that’s my tummy growling…well as I was saying, if you are in the market for a midnight relish, this is almost as good as it get. The quantity isn’t measly, the XO sauce covers up any cooking mistake you make, the bowl form factor makes it easy to cook & enjoy from.

I give it a 10 for taste, & a 10 for convenience. Juz wrap up the packets in the plastic foil & throw everything into the hastily-emptied bowl. Dispose of the bundle & no one be the wiser!

On a side-note, seems that everything can be instant nowadays, ain’t it 🙂

The Ultimate series – pilot episode

Posted: March 13, 2008 by ralliart12 in Pod dock
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Tonight, we launch a new series called, well, “The Ultimate Series“. During its run, I will showcase some of the items which are the very best in its class & why so. So first-up, in this pilot episode I present to u, the Vaja i-Volution GT iPod Touch leather case:

It’s leather, construction’s absolutely top-notch quality, comes in a huge array of customization, which includes having a graphic personalization on the rear! Pricey though, own one by forking out USD$90 (including customization but excluding shipping!).