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by Tony Chang

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Aug 01, 2005, 10:44pm EDT



2 pieces of software that I’m sweating:

Firefox Deer Park alpha 2 - Amazingly, Deer Park feels faster than Firefox 1.0.x. I think the main reason is fastback and what appears to be smarter handling of when to render tabs. Still, it has a long way to go so at work I’ve been running two copies of Firefox (1.0.6 and Deer Park alpha 2) until a few more extensions get updated.

Vipul’s Razor is a distributed, collaborative, spam detection and filtering network.” It’s been doing an amazingly good job of filtering email spam that normally gets past both bogofilter and spamassassin. It seems pretty unique in how it identifies spam.

Phil Ringnalda at Aug 02, 2005, 02:28am EDT

Why is it amazing that Deer Park feels faster? I mean, sure, the core developers have a little bit of a reputation for bloating things up, but that’s mostly two or three years in the past. Other than eye candy and security fixes, Firefox 1.0.x’s core (networking, layout, etc.) is going on 15 months old, since the branch for 1.0 was 2004-05-15. I’d expect it to be feeling old and slow.

tony at Aug 02, 2005, 02:33am EDT

The other way around: I think firefox 1.0.x is really fast and didn’t think it could get any faster. I’m amazed at how much of a difference Deer Park makes.

Pat Bergschneider at Aug 07, 2005, 12:50am EDT

Plus, have you seen the new page load error handling? No more annoying focus-grabbing popup… just a simple error page with a “Try Again” button. Beautifully simple, and much appreciated.

tony at Aug 08, 2005, 02:46am EDT

You can enable the error pages in Firefox 1.0.x by setting browser.xul.error_pages.enabled to true in about:confg.

I need to check to see if the error pages in Deer Park break the back button like the ones in 1.0.x.