Posted on 02 February 2009
Firefox is my favorite browser ever. I love it because I can open as many tabs as I want in a single window and I can freely customize it with extensions. The problem is that these two great features, tabs and extensions, sometimes turn Firefox into a heavy burden on system resources.
But now I’ve found the perfect solution. It’s called Firefox Ultimate Optimizer and it’s a small tool that drastically reduces the browser’s craving for memory and CPU. The program doesn’t have any configuration options and can only be set to launch with Windows if you have admin rights on your system.
Firefox Optimizers for Mozilla Firefox v1.x / 2.x / 3.x was developed for an easy and fast optimization of your browsing experience with Firefox. It is based on a collection of popular and well working optimization settings used and tested by the experts. Usually you have to optimize Firefox manually, which can be time consuming and difficult for the novice user. FireTune helps you here – it includes all the performance optimizations. The only thing you must do is: make your selection. Firefox Optimizers does the work for you.Details on what exactly Optimizers does can be found in the help file.
In most of all cases you’ll notice an improved browsing speed after optimizing Firefox.
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Posted on 30 July 2008
Most of Internet connections are working below capacity. A simple bandwidth test would reveal that your own Internet connection is working well below its capacity. some times below 60% of the bandwidth is utilized. Below are some of the tricks I have collected that may help you get most juice out of your internet connection.
Increase bandwidth by tweaking QoS in Windows XP Pro
The following tweak applies only to Windows XP Professional edition. The default system behavior is that all 100% bandwidth is available, however, if there is a running application that indicates to the OS it needs to send high priority/real time data, then as long as it has the socket open, Windows XP will restrict â€œbest effortâ€ traffic to 80% of the bandwidth so that high priority traffic can be accommodated. Basically, applications can make this request to the operating system for QoS support using the QoS application programming interfaces (APIs) in Windows and this only applies if a specific app is requesting QoS.
If you’d like to change how much bandwidth is reserved for QoS (the default is 20% of the total bandwidth), do the following:
Make sure you’re logged in as “Administrator” (not just any account with admin privileges).
Navigate to START>Run and type: gpedit.msc
Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Administrative Templates > Network > QOS Packet Scheduler
In the right window, double-click the limit reservable bandwidth setting
On the setting tab, check the enabled setting.
Where it says “Bandwidth limit %”, change it to read 0 (or whatever percentage you want to reserve for high priority QoS data)
Click OK, close gpedit.msc
Under START > My Computer > My Network Connections > View Network Connections, right-click on your connection and under Properties (where it lists your protocols), make sure QOS Packet Scheduler is enabled.