Firefox Secrets interview on Computer America

Kevin Yank

Just before I hopped on a plane to Canada last week, I was interviewed on the Computer America radio show, which is broadcast all across the United States. For the second hour of Thursday’s show, I spoke about the Firefox browser, offering up a handful of tips taken from the pages of SitePoint’s new book, Firefox Secrets.

The tips I covered included:

  • HTTP Pipelining, a disabled-by-default feature of Firefox that takes advantage of HTTP/1.1 functionality to speed up browsing.
  • Delete unwanted items from the location bar pop-up history with Shift-Delete.
  • Bookmark an entire set of tabs at once, then open them again using the Open in Tabs item on the Bookmarks menu.
  • Provide a list of sites to be opened in tabs as your browser home page.
  • Set up a custom search keyword to quickly look up a site’s history on the Internet Archive.

For the next week and a half, the archived audio of the programme is available for download from the online archives. Here’s the direct link (MP3, 18MB).

I had a lot of fun doing the interview, and I only wish it had been longer–I really barely scratched the surface of the stuff that’s in the book.

The sample PDF has more meaty tips in it if the interview leaves you hungry for more.