Firefox slow on localhost on Vista

Doing web development on my local machine – a Vista box – I was wondering why page rendering was so slow. First I thought my web application was not well done. But then I figured out that the pages rendered lightning fast on IE 7. And again later, I experienced, that the web application rendered pretty fast even in Firefox, when published to the live server.

Doing some research I found this blog entry, which was quite helpful.

The change of the Firefox setting network.dns.disableIPv6 to true did the trick. See screenshot below:

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Gmail arrow, what is that?

Look at this Arrow in the inbox

Every time I log into Gmail, the first thing I see is this:

And specifically, this thing:

Gmail Arrow of Mystery Detail

What is it? What is it pointing to? What does it mean? Clicking on it does nothing. Not even a tooltip explaining what it is. I don’t have much to say about it because to this day I don’t know what it is. And by the way, I know is has to do something, my point is that it’s not easy to figure out what.

FireFox 3 – New Features

Firefox 3 is going to provide a wide range of improvements to performance, stability, and security, and it’s also going to present several new user facing features. Here is a quick recap of design work that’s been going on in the Mozilla community over the past few weeks for Firefox 3, along with information about how you can help contribute, by providing feedback on these designs, or creating your own UI mockups.

In case you are wondering how Mozilla decides on which features to include in Firefox, we believe in “Delivering the right set of features – not too many or too few. (The goal is to create a useful browser, not a minimal browser.)” We are only interested in adding features that are universally useful, and have no impact on performance. For previous releases of Firefox we added features like RSS detection, spell checking and session restore. Here are some of the user facing features we are considering for Firefox 3.
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Dual Display – Useful Programs

These are the 2 most common used programs for Dual++ Display lovers.

1. Display Fusion
It offers a free and a comercial use version. Managing Wallpapers, timers, and most importantly different wallpaper for each display monitor. Special extras with hot keys. Can automatically load pictures from flickr.

and secondly, my favorite

2. UltraMon
Manage wallpapers, display setting for each monitor, screensaver settings, and a very stable multi-display toolbar.
Also a nice feature is that windows can now easily trasfered to the next monitor (even if maximized) with a added button, located at the top of each window.

That’s a weird thing to search….

auto completing your own death ?!?!??!

The Facts

Microsoft just announced what has been rumored forever: a formal offer for Yahoo. Microsoft’s proposal to Yahoo’s board of directors represents $31 per share (a 62% premium over yesterday’s closing price) or about $44.6 Billion. Steve Ballmer, CEO and big fan of developers, says, “We have great respect for Yahoo!, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market.” Apparently, the deal was laid out in a letter sent by Ballmer to Yahoo’s board just yesterday. Seriously. The letter confirms that the two giants have been discussing the topic since late 2006. It also appears to be a direct response to the Google threat as outlined in the following paragraph:

“Today, the market is increasingly dominated by one player who is consolidating its dominance through acquisition. Together, Microsoft and Yahoo! can offer a credible alternative for consumers, advertisers, and publishers.”

The deal, of course, rests with the two coming to a “merger agreement” and Microsoft (and Yahoo to a limited degree) having the time to conduct the required due diligence. Microsoft is ready to begin immediate discussions and have a draft merger agreement ready for consideration. So Yahoo, ball’s in your court. The world is wondering… what will you do?

Fix png images for IE 5.5 & 6

This a fix for a JavaScript-based PNG fix for Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6 on Windows. The fix allows IE to properly render PNG alpha transparency.
Why only versions 5.5 & 6? Because Windows IE versions prior to 5.5 do not support the filter which fixes the PNG problem, and version 7 does not have any issues on displaying png images.

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