Friday, December 24, 2004


On April 13, 2029, there is a 1/233 chance of an asteroid wiping us out (pause for dramatic effect).

Just the latest in death threats from the heavens. Of course if that worries you, than you don't want to hear about all the terrible things that are more likely to happen (terrible epidemics, nuclear terrorism, the collapse of society because of oil shortages, divine intervention, etc.). My point is that we've always been under the threat of annihilation, so why should we be any more worried because there is a (very very small) chance that an asteroid might hit the earth?

Of course we should take precautions, but there isn't any reason to live in fear all the time. Death is inevitable - whether it comes as fire raining down, or a whimper from your throat. No point in worrying about it if you can't prevent it. Better to worry about threats we can do something about.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

I should post something....

I'll just be unoriginal.

Here's a cool tweak I saw on a message board for making firefox faster:

To get started, type "about:config" in your FireFox address bar. The settings you're looking for are:

1.) network.http.pipelining
2.) network.http.pipelining.firstrequest
3.) network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
4.) network.http.proxy.pipelining
5.) nglayout.ititialpaint.delay

Set #1, #2, and #4 to "true". Set #3 to a high number, like 32. Set #5 to 0.

If you dont see some of the values, manually add them by right clicking and selecting new then a boolean if its a true/false thing, integer if its a number, or string if its a word or series of numbers and words.

Enabling the pipelining features allows the browser to make multiple requests to the server at the same time. The "maxrequests" is the maximum number of requests it will send at once. I've heard that 8 is the most it will send at once, but setting it higher won't hurt, just in case. The initialpaint.delay is the length of time (in milliseconds) after the server response before the browser begins to paint the page.

When done, just close Firefox and launch it again =]