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Maximizing Firefox speed

This a boring post with no jokes, interesting links or stories about last night. I just came across “this pointer”:http://www.techlads.com/2008/06/firefox-tweaking-for-broadband.html from the “TechLads blog”:http://www.techlads.com/ about setting everyone’s favorite browser up for getting the most out of high speed internet connections. Apparently it is optimized by default for dial-up connections.

1- Type *about:config* in the address bar and press enter.
2- Enter *network.http* in the filter field and enter the following changes.
3- Double click on *‘network.http.pipelining’* and set the value to *true*.
4- Double click on *’network.http.pipelining.maxrequests’* and in the dialog box enter a higher value than the default value 4. *15* is an ideal value.
5- Double click on *‘network.http.proxy.pipelining’* and set the value to *true*.
6- Right click on the page and select *New* -> *Integer*. Enter *nglayout.initialpaint.delay* and then click ok. Set the integer value of this to *0* and click ok.

_Disclaimer: I have no idea if this works_

Help Cool the Globe

Long ago, duenos.net introduced Colin Beavan, the “no impact man”:http://duenos.net/article/137/ColinBeavanthenoimpactman. As easily as we can cheer him and others like him on, we can also take action in our own way. It’s OK to complain about the state of global warming and pollution in our environment, but it is even better to act.

Look on “Stopglobalwarming.org”:http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/sgw_actionitems.asp (the posters below are theirs), “Sierraclub.org”:http://www.sierraclub.org/globalwarming/tenthings/, and “Climatecrisis.net”:http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/whatyoucando/ to find simple and effective ways to clean up our earth. Committing to some of these actions will not only reduce pollution, but your spending and waistline, too. It’s a win-win-win.

Previously featured on Duenos.net:
* “Colin Beavan, the no impact man”:http://duenos.net/article/137/ColinBeavanthenoimpactman, featuring a great interview with Stephen Colbert.
* “Permafrost no longer”:http://duenos.net/article/286/Permafrostnolonger, about the decline in frostiness of Arctic tundra.
* “Betting on global warming”:http://duenos.net/article/159/Bettingonglobalwarming, about a bookie who takes bets on climate change science.

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evite.com

Although I’ve only received and never yet sent an “evite”:http://www.evite.com/, I wanted to promote this modern form of getting a party planned and subsequently started. An “evite”:http://www.evite.com/ contains electronic directions, an add-to-calendar or send-to-phone option, easy RSVPing, and other paper saving amenities that our internet savvy generation can appreciate. In short, don’t be a dinosaur, send “evites”:http://www.evite.com/!

Visual DNA

http://dna.imagini.net/friends/ runs you through a bunch of pictures that visually describe a specific term. After doing a bunch of them it comes up with your personality type and then matches you with others who've gotten similar results. It's no e-harmony, but it's something to do for 5 minutes while avoiding real work. Also it's a little late for Christmas, but I ran across a strange visual "gift finder":http://alliwant.imagini.net/variants/imagini/start.php also hosted at "Imagini.net":http://imagini.net that apparently thinks that I want to receive cashmere hot water bottle holders, Moleskine city notebooks, paintballing for two, ethical travel guide, and collar stiffeners with the city of London etched on. I'd rather not. (Thanks to Tommy for the tip)

WikiYou: great idea, bad execution

http://www.wikiyou.com is the self-proclaimed "unauthorized biography of every person on earth." An admirable idea since Wikipedia editors can be real assholes about peoples' "noteworthiness." Still, go to the front page of WikiYou and you immediately run into usability problems. The only option is a search bar--very zen/Google but altogether unhelpful. Also WikiYou is an excellent demonstration of what happens to wiki-pages that aren't properly policed. Check out "Sandra Bullock":http://www.wikiyou.com/p/Sandra-Bullock/4299 to see what I mean. Random symbols, bad grammar, no citations, it's a big mess. I suppose there are worse things out there to complain about it, but I hate it when a good idea gets screwed over by crappy execution. Perhaps they should take some notes from "yesterday's article":http://duenos.net/article/333/NASAHowcoolisthat about NASA's killer "homepage":http://www.nasa.gov/.

Lulz and Secretz: lolsecretz blog

For those of you who haven’t gone online in a few years, “Lolcatz”:http://icanhascheezburger.com/ are funny pictures (like “this one”:http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/01/24/ceiling-cat-is-watching-you-masturbate/ of the sub-phenomenon Ceiling Cat) combined with pithy phrases, usually in internet shorthand, or “Leet”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leet. Combine the joy of Lolcatz with the voyeuristic and empathetic site “Postsecret”:http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ in which people anonymously confess their secrets in artistic postcard form and you get “the lolsecretz blog”:http://lolsecretz.blogspot.com/. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Funny and sad.

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Your secret is out Monty Python

http://www.blabberize.com/. The website itself is well worth a visit to be insulted by a sarcastic Alpaca, but it's fun (and relatively easy) to create your own blabbering picture. Or so they tell you. I've been trying to get through to do it myself but their website is apparently under attack from "TechCrunch":http://www.techcrunch.com/ readers who want to do the same thing I do. If anyone has any luck, let me know how it turns out.

Millionaire Mate.com

http://www.nerve.com/login/LaunchPad.asp, so do the yuppies and gold diggers. Their slightly tamer version of "Adult Friend Finder":http://adultfriendfinder.com/p/page.cgi?who=UmFuZG9tSVai63IdZ8GIIEGMvNnPL8wPnO5Fk0Gb0Kb32qk/p386HfvX6rJWzuHIsNOL44Fu5ZLHAA/bubhUKMlb6VqbTAOQhQnLvXqknn__KPUVVjjEeQzLr3n6lWCOVU64hoSEFHfDNbhAoNEcYOLp9qon_HDLNsNDk1vvdEzKxWn5XHMVqAb9rOt_ZBhvVIeI3BHQbEUYZfZmPT/wAnWYOzFW_SXBdWk_BbqXkdQ-&site=ffadult is called "MillionaireMate.com":http://millionairemate.com/p/page.cgi and pledges to appeal to those who just have too much class for the 'other dating sites.' Here are just some of the perks to listing with Millionaire Mate, taken straight from the site: * Save time searching for beautiful, sophisticated women who appreciate a man of substance. * Receive the attention you deserve as our men get many more email and invitations to meet than at other dating sites. * Meet talented and successful men who’ve achieved wealth and status and are eager to share the benefits of a fabulous lifestyle with you. * Date with confidence – our wealth verification system helps you find the right man. That last one is my personal favorite. This website filters for you, only rich guys here. Sounds tempting, but for me, I think I'll stick with Nerve. This entry was posted in Original Duenos and tagged , on by .

The First Website Ever

I was reading up on “CERN”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CERN and found out that they had developed the “World Wide Web”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Web (then abbreviated W3). CERN translated, by the way, is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and is most famous for its particle accelerators that encircle part of the France-Switzerland border. They’ve also made “anti-matter”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimatter, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, though the “first internet site ever”:http://www.w3.org/History/19921103-hypertext/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html isn’t as exciting as, say “duenos.net”:www.duenos.net, it does provide a nostalgic glimpse into the past.

Last.fm sold to CBS

I absolutely love when ingenious yet simple ideas garner mega-millions from big corporations. Today’s news brought another such story: CBS purchased Last.fm, the musical social networking megasite, for a sweet sum of $240 million dollars. Fortunately for everyone who loves the site, Last.fm will retain its autonomy, and the creators argue that being owned by CBS will allow them additional resources to improve the site.

Hopefully, we will see some better results with this transaction than we did with the “sale”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GameFAQs#CNET_acquisition of the best video game site on the internet, “GameFAQs”:http://www.gamefaqs.com, to “C|Net”:http://www.cnet.com.