Month: June 2011

Fast and bleeding edge Firefox.. version 7

Firefox 7.0 nightly builds have started and it seems to be quite fast. So, if you dont care about some sites not opening or once in a while your browser crashing, been using for 2 days on Windows , has not crashed so far and worked on all sites so far :), then you should install the Nightly build.

Head over to the nightly build site and install the appropriate build for your OS.

Firefox Nightly Builds

If you really want your browser to be fast, enable pipelining and display render delay, you can follow the following post to do that:

3 Hacks for Firefox That Will Double Your Internet Browsing Speed –

And to enable the support for your addon’s foll0w the link below:

Check of Firefox 7.0a1 Nightly Build for Disable Addon Compatibility |

With all these now my Firefox process shows only ~130MB memory and decreases to ~12MB when minimized and am really happy with the speed. Also noticeably the CPU used is also quite low compared to Aurora I was using 2 days back 😉

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Another nice and feature rich alternative to Google Search

Image representing Duck Duck Go as depicted in...
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Some time back I had written a post on Scroogle. Scroogle is good, it provides privacy. But if you want more for your browsing experience, something that you thought was always missing in a lot of search engines, then there’s a better search engine and it is DuckDuckGo.

The very first reason that you may want to use this search engine is that it does not bubble you and neither it tracks you.

Here is the link to an article that presents response from Matt Cutts of Google.

Here is the list from their about page as to why you may want to use this search engine:

DuckDuckGo is a general purpose search engine like Google or Bing.

• Get way more instant answers

Zero-click info above the links (red box).

• Less spam and clutter

We ban those useless sites with just ads.

• Lots and lots of goodies

Special searches (tech), syntax & settings.

• Real privacy

We don’t track you!  (Illustrated guide.)

Bubble or personilazation of search result and/or SSL and privacy are not the reasons that I liked the search engine. There are some features in this search engine that you would definately like.

Here is a link to their goodies page.You will see that its real well thought out and does provide a lot of “bang” syntax which I for one is definately finding useful.

There are quite some other features that you will find useful, so what are you waiting for. Browser addon for Firefox, here.

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GPG error on N900 when doing update on command line

Nokia N900 communicator/internet tablet
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If you have added some extra repositories to your Nokia N900 and are trying to do something ( like update, install or any other apt-get operation) you might see some errors or warnings related to the GPG keys. The errors would come because the Public keys for the reporisitories are not present in the gpg database 🙂

Cool, now you know the reason, but what to do…  Add them as below:

(Before doing this note down the keys when you are getting the errors/warnings. We will need those keys to get the public keys from the public server. I am taking “010908312D230C5F” as an example here.)

gpg --keyserver --recv-key  010908312D230C5F gpg -a --export 010908312D230C5F | sudo apt-key add -

and if you need to see the currently active repositories then you can
open the following file and check the contents:

vim /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hildon-application-manager.list
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