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My Favorite FF2 Tip

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The first time I needed a tip for Firefox 2.0 was to make its tabs have the close button "like before" (and I was pointed to Now I am using the default FF2 behavior and I feel a little awkward with the classical one.

Stuff like network.dns.disableIPv6 is old news for most people, and tweaking various other network config variables doesn't bring much. So I was not thrilled by Speed Up Firefox web browser.

What I welcomed warmly was another collection of FF2 tips and tricks: Random Firefox Tweaks.

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