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The one thing I did notice is that a JQSNOTIFY.EXE dialog pops as a security alert in my Firewall when I start up Firefox. That's new. It is the Java(TM) Quick Starter binary trying to obtain access on a local port. This may be the reason for the improvement you notice.
<rant> These quick starters are insidious and presumptuous. You want a quick start? -- Then optimize your code! It seems that over the years, applications expand to fill all available memory (plus swap space) on a 'typical' machine, and no-one pays any attention to efficiency any more. </rant>
By faster, I mean page loading and rendering -- Firefox 3.0.5 just seems 'snappier.'
I disabled both the service and the plug-in after the recent JRE U11 update
I follow you on the plug-in ...
Control Panel > Java > Advanced Tab > Miscellaneous > Java Quick Starter
Or did you mean the ...
Control Panel > Java > Advanced Tab > Java Plug-in > Enable the next generation Java Plug-in (requires browser restart)
But I'm not following you on the service? I don't see a service running on my machine.
It looks like you found a better way, though, using the Control Panel. I didn't find that option, and so I did it manually by disabling the Firefox plug-in and disabling the Windows service. That would be the case if you cannot find the service running.
I turned it off after seeing reports of excessive disk activity when the service was running. Since I use Java so rarely, this is just a waste of energy, disk, and CPU resources for me.
That would be the case if you cannot find the service running.
If it was not running, true. And what I truly meant was "I don't see a service listed" for Java. I looked for the active service using the same method you described, Administrative Tools->Services, and did not even see "Java Quick Starter" listed. I was expecting to see it show up as a disabled service in the list.
I decided to play around a bit. It seems they don't just leave the service out there, it gets added and removed as a Windows service each time you change that checkbox option.
Smart Location Bar? Bah, humbug! Why when I type and 'n' does the dang thing show URLs that just happen to have an 'n' in them, such as 'hl=n'? Dumb, dumb, dumb. I want my NY Daily News, NY Post and NY Times sports index pages back at the top of the list. And I don't want to see my bookmarks. I use those for later reading, not navigation.
I'm sick and tired of apps telling me what I want to do. Firefox doesn't have to "try to guess" where I want to go. It just has to get out of my damned way and let me get there.
And it appears that the only way to change anything is to completely clear the browser history or to individually delete entries from the autocomplete list. Doesn't seem to be anyway to turn it off.
Okay, rant over, off to find that Opera icon.
On copying over my java apps repository to \Xampp\htdocs\test all the java was stripped out and I was using FF to view my local server output. It is more likely to have been Defender that caused it but I'm just thinking aloud.
[edited by: RedRat_Chris at 6:18 pm (utc) on Jan. 10, 2009]
I think you'll find that you can configure the urlbar behaviour any way you like it. See settings at about:config browser.urlbar
Details about possible values: [kb.mozillazine.org...]
See also about:config browser.search.suggest.enabled