Category Archives: Other

Stuff that doesn’t particularly merit having it’s own category, or stuff that I’ll rarely post about ever again.

Global Internet Speeds – A study, and a little bit of a rant

I know this isn’t the usual type of post I usually put on here, and I’m also aware I’ve been neglecting this recently. A lot. I know – I’m working on that! But anyway.

I was recently linked to an infographic with regards to a study on global internet speeds – where’s fastest, cheapest, best bang-for-your-buck, etc etc. Sure, there’s loads of these around, but it’s always interesting to participate in them, learn about what these various infographics are saying, and compare them. Also, some of the statistics they use to compare country to country can sometimes be astonishing.

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Speeding Up Internet Access with Firefox

I stumbled across a post earlier today, and I thought it was far too rich and useful not to share. This post isn’t for the faint hearted, as a wrong click on a configuration key not mentioned here could impair Firefox’s performance, or worse, stop it working completely.

By following these instructions, you agree I have no liability whatsoever if something goes pear-shaped because you clicked on something you shouldn’t have!

With that said..

  • In Firefox; navigate to “about:config”. Click the “I’ll be careful” button (last warning!). You’ll be greeted with a load of configuration options.
  • Set the following values for the keys specified (use the search box at the top of the page to find the key. Searching for “network.http.max” will return the top 3 keys).
    • network.http.max-connections-per-server: 25
    • network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy: 25
    • network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server: 25
    • network.http.pipelining: true (just double click where it says “false” to change it to true)
    • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests: 8
    • network.http.pipelining.ssl: true
    • network.http.proxy.pipelining: true

Setting these values alone, I saw a huge increase in how fast pages loaded. If you have any other tips for speeding up your Firefox, please comment! I’d love to know other people’s experiences using these, and any other methods (whether good or bad).

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

This isn’t something I normally post about, considering the nature of this blog and all. But I read this online, and it made me well up reading it. I just have to share it with you. It’s a letter called “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”.

Dear Mom and Dad,

I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now. Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge.

Would I still be at home if I hadn’t chewed your shoe? I didn’t know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys.

Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all. There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the door.

Would I still be at home if I hadn’t brought fleas into the house? Without anti flea medicine, I couldn’t get them off of me after you left me in the yard for days.

Would I still be at home if I hadn’t barked? I was only saying “I’m scared, I’m lonely, I’m here! I’m here!”. I want to be your best friend.

Would I Still be at home if I made you happy? Hitting me didn’t make me learn how.

Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me? You didn’t pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me.

I died today.

With love,

Your Puppy *lick*

Remember – animals have feelings too.

New blog

So having a job in web development doing custom stuff to open-sourced packages, I’ve found the need to have a place to comment on all the oddities, crap and otherwise that I found. I found one site, but it’s not very good. So I’m going to put my stuff here. Maybe if this blog gets out onto Google that some of the posts can be found and be useful to others. We’ll see.

For now, I suppose I have to get used to using WordPress, remembering to write here, and finding a plugin that can format/colour code correctly.

Enjoy :)