By the time that Mozilla gets done with the Beta phase of the development process there might be as many as a dozen Builds of the next iteration of the open source browser ahead of the first Release Candidate (RC).

Having suffered numerous delays, only 10 Beta Builds of Firefox 4.0 were slated for delivery initially.

With Firefox 4.0 Beta 10 already shipped, and with Beta 11 now cooking, Mozilla is revealing the possibility that Beta 12 could also be offered to early adopters for testing prior to RC1.

At this point in time, there’s no actual plan to build Firefox 4.0 Beta 12, with Mozilla still aiming to make Beta 11 the last testing milestone before the browser graduates to the Release Candidate phase. More »

It has been more than a month since Mozilla delivered the last development milestone of Firefox 4.0.

This even after the open source browser vendor promised that with Firefox 4.0 Beta 7 out of the way, the remaining Beta releases would be nothing more than routine testing Builds which would not take as much to put together.

But it appears that the development process of the next major iteration of Firefox is still far from a simple walk in the park.

Mozilla has only now managed to deliver a preview of the upcoming Beta of Firefox 4.0, the eight release, just in case users have lost count by now. More »

1. Delete items from address bar history

While it’s very handy to have your recently visited pages autocompleted as you type, it’s not always desirable. Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages you’ve visited. You can highlight and delete these at will, for maximum privacy.

2. Protect your PC from malware

You don’t have to visit the seedy side of the web to pick up a virus – even the best social networking sites regularly host all kinds of malware. But you can reduce the chance of infection by installing NoScript. This handy add-on blocks Javascript, Java, Flash and other executable content from running unless you explicitly allow it, and is a great way to keep yourself safe online.
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1. Auto-complete websites

Go to the address bar (Control-L) and type the name of the site without the “www” or the “.com”. Press Control-Enter, and it will automatically fill in the “www” and the “.com” and take you there. For .net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and for .org addresses, press Control-Shift-Enter.

2. Turn your bookmarks into keywords

Right-click the bookmark and then select Properties. Put a short keyword in the keyword field, save it, and now you can type that keyword in the address bar and it will go to that bookmark.

3. Speed up your downloads

Download Manager Tweak Extension adds extra functionality to the existing Download Manager to help you download faster.
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1. Enable pipelining

Browsers are normally very polite, sending a request to a server then waiting for a response before continuing. Pipelining is a more aggressive technique that lets them send multiple requests before any responses are received, often reducing page download times.

To enable it, type about:config in the address bar, double-click network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining so their values are set to true, then double-click network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and set this to 8.

Keep in mind that some servers don’t support pipelining, though, and if you regularly visit a lot of these then the tweak can actually reduce performance. Set network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining to false again if you have any problems. More »