Swiftfox – a faster Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla’s Firefox browser has become heavier and heavier with recent builds. Well, it is either that, or maybe there are issues with some of the plugins I use with Firefox – but the end result is that startup load times have gone up dramatically, and performance with 8-9 tabbed panes open is very sluggish. So, I have been looking for ways to improve performance. And..

Came across Swiftfox – an optimized build of Mozilla Firefox. You can install Swiftfox by downloading the bzipped binaries for your processor directly, or by using the new Installer that they have come up with. It is a simple shell script that the user runs, selects the client processor version, and the script then wgets the appropriate build.

I have not really been a proponent of optimized “built for processor” binaries, but Swiftfox is an exception. It seems to really work well, and the loading time is noticeable, even on my relatively powerful laptop.

Yahoo Mail Beta

I logged onto Yahoo Mail’s web interface today, and got a pleasant surprise.

After agreeing to test the new Beta Mail, I was asked if I wanted to configure an alias/secondary email to my already existing $firstname@yahoo.com address – and was taken to a neat looking new interface.


What I like with about the new interface is the ability to

  • view the message in the bottom pane
  • open the message in a new sticky window
  • open the message in a popup window(which can be made sticky)

There is one catch however.. I tend to use Mozilla Firefox most of the time, and this new beta “crashed” Firefox .. so all my experiences are with MS Internet Explorer.

All in all, changes which have been long overdue.

MeasureMap site tracking

I got an invite from MeasureMap yesterday and integrated the javascript into the theme code. Involves inserting their javascript tracking code into the header, comments and page files. The process is pretty much hand-held, what with MeasureMap giving large screenshots of where exactly in the page code their javascript needs to be embedded.

I had completely forgotten that I had signed up for this till I got their email…happens a lot to me these days, since these “invite only” websites and tools have started. I don’t really know how many people come to the site – maybe something like 50 individuals/day. The log viewer at MeasureMap does some basic straightforward reporting like

  • Number of Visitors
  • Time of visit
  • Country of Visitor
  • Browser Used
  • Search keywords used to arrive
  • Referring Site

I have no idea what future additions or plans MeasureMap has in store, but I doubt with the current reporting set and features, they have a real distinct advantage over other visitor tracking sites.

Update: So Google decided to come out with a response to MeasureMap :) Google Analytics, which uses urchin’s tracking mechanism. I signed up for Analytics, and integrated it into WordPress using one of the many available plugins. I’ll let it run for a few weeks before checking up on its reporting features. Don’t have time to read about its feature-set and customise them right now. Techcrunch has a post about Google’s urchin Analytics versus MeasureMap.