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Here's something for broadband people that will really speed Firefox up:

1.Type about:config into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:


Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set network.http.pipelining to true

Set network.http.proxy.pipelining to true

Set network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it nglayout.initialpaint.delay and set its value to 0 (zero). This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.

If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!

You have to close your browser after you make the changes. When you start it back up they will be in effect.
This is old and I wouldn’t recommend doing it. The reason behind this is because for every "request made" you use up server child processes. When a client (you) uses to many child processes or opens to many connections (ports) with the server certain IDS (Intrusion Detection Systems) and other packet filtering firewalls and security software recognize this as a possible threat or DoS attack (Denial Of Service). This may result in your IP being temporarily blocked from some servers (not allowing the page to load correctly/at all) and the alerting of web administrators to false events when your IP is flagged.
Basically if i understand him. You will be opening to many connections at one time, this could possibly lead to the isp temporarily taking away your internet because you might be trying to get free service or having many pages blocked by a firewall because too many are opening at once, and it views it as a threat.
The Flaw:

To sum it up in n00b friendly bite size portions a server can only handle so many connections (depending on the server this limit can be as low as 1,000 connections or as high has 40,000 +). Thus when all these connections are used up the service becomes unavailable to any additional users trying to connect and they may receive one of many errors (common ones you may have seen like page not available, page cannot be found, page cannot be displayed, not found, a connection with the server could not be established, etc..).

The Response:

Sooo now that we know that an attacker with the right tools (and I have wrote some of these too hehe) can bring down a server with mass connections what do clever (and not as many that should) ISP/Server Administrators do to guard against this? The answer is to limit the "requests" per IP address/user. Sooooo when you come along with your web browser that opens 40 connections to a server in rapid succession your IP is "flagged" or marked as suspicious. Then depending on the measures put in place by the technicians your IP may be blocked for a certain amount of time, the connections may be dropped, and an administrator may be notified of the suspicious event (or all the above); this can cause the web page not to display or display half ass.

So in the end massing connections to a server is a more simplistic form of Denial Of Service attacks, there are many other methods utilized to block end users from being able to access a public/private service. Why doesn't firefox come installed with those settings if they are so beneficial to speed? This is probably why...