How To: Mitigate Mozilla Firefox HTML5 Video Performance Issues

A neat feature of the modern web is that Adobe Flash Player is (finally) starting to be replaced by HTML5 apps, and that includes video playback such as YouTube.

During this change I have, among allot of other people on the Internet, noticed that our favorite browser is not yet optimized for this future proof technology. And enabling (now default) HTML5 playback can lead to audio/video stutter and high CPU-usage.

Until support for hardware acceleration is more widespread in Firefox Quantum, I’ve found a work-around on the Mozilla Support page. Which is:

Simply go to Settings > General > Performance and bump up the Content process limit (Uncheck Use recommended performance settings).

It seems, at least for me, help with the CPU utilization when playing HD/4k video on YouTube.

Read more at the support article:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/performance-settings

Tunnel HTTP traffic encrypted, using Polipo and SSH

SSH can be used to do allot of great things. Login remotely, transfer files with scp and run single commands for a quick fix. All encrypted! Another great and well-known feature of SSH is SSH tunnelling.

SSH tunneling can be used to tunnel any kind of traffic, and in this guide I’ll focus on HTTP tunneling in conjunction with the proxy client Polipo (encrypted of course).

Things you will need:

  • Linux server
  • SSH daemon running on the server (openssh-server recommended)
  • Polipo daemon running on the server
  • SSH client (openssh-client recommended)

How to:

~$ ssh username@server -L 8118:localhost:8123 -N [Enter]
(Enter password)
Point your web-browsers proxy (Firefox, Chrome, etc) to localhost, port 8118

Syntax:

  • -L Specifies the remote address, remote port and local port ([local port]:[remote address]:[remote port])
  • -N Don’t execute any command on the remote machine when connected

Tunnel initiated!

Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta: Inspect Option!!

Hello again!

As you probably know, I am currently using the Mozilla Firefox 4 beta and at the time I am typing this I am using beta 4. I’m not sure if it is a new feature added, but I have noticed some new stuff in the tools menu that wasn’t in Mozilla Firefox 3, and one of those objectwhere “Inspect” and it works just like in the add-onFirebug“, just open it up and point your cursor to where you want to inspect. The small but annoying thing about it is that I can’t copy any of the links that it finds, bummer…

Anyway, I find this really useful and i hope the Mozilla team of developers will add more features to it in future releases.

Do you find this feature useful??

Are You Using The Mozilla Firefox Beta?

Yeah, are you using the latest Mozilla Firefox beta? If not, then i highly recommend you to give it a try, sure it has a few bugs here and there, but it is a BETA. And it’s also a great opportunity to give Mozilla some feedback! It’s really easy to leave feedback too, just click the “Feedback” button in the top right corner and chose either if there is something that made you “Happy” or made you “Sad”. And don’t forget to fill out the user studies and check the “Send data automatically” in the settings!

Already using Mozilla Firefox beta? Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

64-Bit Mozilla Firefox for Mac OS X

Minefield 64-bit

How long has it been? How long have we been waiting for a 64-bit Mozilla Firefox for mac? The Mozilla team and the community seem to have a problem with getting gecko 64-bit, but isn’t that already available for Linux and Windows? Come on!

And i have heard some rumors about there not being a great speed improvement with switching to 64-bit, i really hope that’s not true, we want a stable and fast Mozilla Firefox running on 64-bit, Don’t we?

What do you think?