Dropping privoxy, giving the firefox beta a shot
One nice thing about trying to explain a difficult thing is that you get to challenge your assumptions.Yesterday
, I was quite ironically amused at the idea that in order to talk about filtering out [REDACTED] content you had to filter your own content just to talk about it. The problems in filtering out references to [REDACTED] and to advertising and other [REDACTED] content are manyfold. The advantages of filtering are equally manyfold. The strongest point that I can make about it, though, is that it is best that those filters be under your
control - not under the government's or the ISP's or your corporation. Although - I know quite a few sysadmins that filter out out advertising content transparently on behalf of their bandwidth needs, with the tacit approval of their IT manager if not necessarily the CEO....
It is possible to implement a pg-13 web, for yourself, if you so desire, and I'm totally cool with that - just don't force your filters down my
throat. Same goes for google safesearch. I just turned it back on because the effects were minimal, and I know how to turn it off, and I'm already less horny for having done so.
I have been using privoxy for years and years now. Although privoxy
just came out with a new release, it still doesn't do ipv6, and I decided to update to the latest adblock plus
and go with that alone. I'm a little nervous about this, as I understand how privoxy works, and it arbitrarily drops potentially dangerous (worm/virus) content, as well as eliminates flash (which, aside from youtube, is mostly ads), but it does tend to be slow...
So I just updated to the latest adblock plus and it's doing a great job so far. Very fast, very clean... no ads....
I still haven't figured out how to make adblock drop flash images by default, nor malware, but I'm looking into it.
Given the good reviews firefox 3.0 beta has been getting, I decided to try that yesterday, too.
I am a tabbed browsing addict. I will end up with hundreds of tabs over the course of a couple days. I still find it amazing that firefox 2 just runs and runs and runs under almost any load I give it. It's a far cry from 2000 where I'd be lucky to keep a browser running for more than an hour or three. Still, with lots of tabs open, I would end up with a gigabyte of memory in use, eventually, and a dramatic slowdown, after a couple days. Firefox is one of two reasons why I ended up updating my laptop from 1GB to 4GB of ram, actually - the other was ardour
So I fired up the beta of firefox.Wow
. I have 30 tabs open, and I'm only using 101MB of ram. Gmail is lightening quick, seemingly faster than my IMAP connection(s). Blogger is zippy... Everything seems faster (partially due to dropping privoxy). Ipv6 just works. Wow. Wow. Wow.
I have some issues with font rendering (and flash isn't working, but I don't care - although I imagine that flash was causing a lot of my old bloat) but I want to give this release a good workout, so I'm planning to wait for a crash.
I can't wait for this code to get into my nokia 810... and I wonder what will happen if I incorporate jemalloc into ardour....
Labels: firefox, ipv6, networking, web