- I turn image animation off in Firefox about:config then set
image.animation_mode to once.
- I use flash block to control which sites I allow to run flash.
All this leads to a more calm and much less distracting experience. I don’t block advertisements but the steps above ensure that I don’t see the hard sell ones.
I was happy to see that the Xmarks (formally Foxmarks) plugin was available. I have been using it for years without problems. Since I installed it on chrome the performance has been flaky across all computers and browsers. It could be the maturity of the chrome plugin or the fact that I just doubled it’s workload by adding chrome on every computer. Either way I disabled it on chrome.
One thing that is missing is the ability to switch User Agent string. Hard to believe that websites still think they know better than me what browser and OS I should be running. While there is no plugin or menu configuration, I found a site that explains how you can start chrome by passing it a user-agent switch.
Typing the about: in the url bar will normally give:
Google Chrome 184.108.40.206 (Official Build 34537) WebKit 532.5 V8 220.127.116.11 User Agent Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/532.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/18.104.22.168 Safari/532.5
After starting chrome with the command
$/opt/google/chrome/chrome -user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)"
Typing the about: in the url bar will now give:
Google Chrome 22.214.171.124 (Official Build 34537) WebKit 532.5 V8 126.96.36.199 User Agent Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
I can’t really say much more at this stage other than I hope Firefox can go back to their roots and produce a small and fast browser again. I hope Google will continue their business arrangement with Mozilla so they can do that. One thing we learned since Firefox came on the scene is that Browser competition is good for everyone.