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  • #16
    I have tried them all and am sticking with Firefox for now. It seems to have the best overall speed & performance (Waaaaaay better than IE7....more than twice as fast on ad-loaded websites like eBay and Weather Channel).

    Only gripe I have about it is it takes longer to first boot up on one of my machines. Doesn't do this on others, so don't know what the issue is...

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Jeffw5555
      I have tried them all and am sticking with Firefox for now. It seems to have the best overall speed & performance (Waaaaaay better than IE7....more than twice as fast on ad-loaded websites like eBay and Weather Channel).
      I've tried all three, and Iron (Chrome with all the Google privacy invasion stuff removed) is the fastest, IE 8 is very close, and Firefox is the slowest.

      I still mostly use Firefox because of the excellent ad blocker and all the plug-ins:

      From Arstechnica. The green bars are which browser loaded the page fastest:

      "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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      • #18
        Make these changes and it will bump Firefox to the top of the list.

        Code:
        Common to all configurations
        These are the settings that seem to be common to all configuration files regardless of connection speed or computer speed with a couple of additions - plugin paths can be found with about:plugins and the bookmark menu delay is turned off. 
        
        user_pref("network.http.pipelining", true); 
        user_pref("network.http.proxy.pipelining", true); 
        user_pref("network.http.pipelining.maxrequests", 8); 
        user_pref("content.notify.backoffcount", 5); 
        user_pref("plugin.expose_full_path", true); 
        user_pref("ui.submenuDelay", 0); 
        
        FOR: Fast Computer Fast Connection
        user_pref("content.interrupt.parsing", true);
        user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.time", 2250000); 
        user_pref("content.notify.interval", 750000); 
        user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true); 
        user_pref("content.switch.threshold", 750000); 
        user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 0); 
        user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 48); 
        user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 16); 
        user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 16); 
        user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 8); 
        user_pref("browser.cache.memory.capacity", 65536); 
        
        A couple settings of note - Firefox is allocated 4096 KB of memory by default and in this configuration we give it roughly 65MB as denoted by the last line. This can be changed according to what is used.
        The config file is accessed by entering about:config in the address bar.
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        • #19
          Youtube has a nice banner saying that they will stop supporting any version of exploder except "8" soon.......
          A lot of people are still running IE6. Makes us web developers crazy. I suppose youtube can do what they want but I believe they are just making noise.

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          • #20
            I changed to IE8 through Yahoo and had troubles with it on WIN XP Home. I erased it and then downloaded it from the Microsoft site and it's running well on a desktop and a laptop. I think that your security settings will affect how well it runs.

            I've also heard many complaints about Vista but a friend recenty purchased an HP computer with Vista and it's running well also.

            In any case, IE8 works well ehough to communicate with you all. Go figure.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Evan
              Make these changes and it will bump Firefox to the top of the list.
              If you read the article, ArsTechnica applied the same network optimizations to all three browsers.
              "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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              • #22
                Read what article?
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                • #23
                  You mean you fellows have not tried Safari ?
                  I run it on XP3 with Media center.
                  It smokes on downloading sites

                  Rich
                  Apple wrote it for Mac and PC's

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                  • #24
                    I have never used Safari to go to the practical machinist website, as I quit going there due to looooong download times.

                    I entered "practical machinist" in the Google bar on Safari, and the Google search list came up in one second.
                    Then I clicked on it, and got the page in 7 seconds and it instantly changed to other pages.
                    Wow have they changed the look there !

                    Rich

                    Same test, and IE has been there many times, so I just tried it
                    11 seconds to load page.
                    5 seconds to change pages
                    enough said
                    Last edited by Rich Carlstedt; 07-20-2009, 06:46 PM.

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                    • #25
                      Ah, HSM's weekly "Which browser/OS is best?" thread. Maybe we should make this a sticky topic ?

                      Ever notice how processors keep getting faster and RAM keeps getting bigger, but day to day applications never seem to run any faster ?

                      I just installed a Firefox add-on called Tweak Network. It appears similar to to the old FasterFox add-on. However, it doesn't have a page load timer, so I can't measure page loads exactly to determine how much Tweak Network helps.

                      They say FF 3.5 is faster (that's what they say about every new version, ha ! ! ! ). I'm still waiting for the official 3.5 release for Linux. Not a big deal.

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                      • #26
                        Opera is real fast too. Its plain jane but smokes as far as fast.

                        You can put it on a small USB drive and take it anywhere.

                        http://www.opera.com/download/

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