Archive for July, 2009
Monday, July 20th, 2009
Buried deep in the main windows event handling of Firefox code, there’s a little bit of hackery that does something kind of funny when you minimize Firefox to the tray. The code was originally designed cut down on the working memory set of the Fx process when the main application window was minimized. Unfortunately there are some rare side effects from this code that cause interference in task switching with certain 3rd party apps. If you’ve ever run into a problem with Fx where it gets locked on the task tray and can’t be restored with an alt-tab, you’ve run into the problem.
Windows does a far better job today of managing the working set for minimized applications, making this code largely obsolete. But the code is still around for those that feel they need it. (A long time ago, I think when IE 7.0 came out, some bloggers criticized Fx for the minimized working set “problem”.)
Systems with ample memory really don’t need this hackery at all, so it can be safely disabled. Open up config (about:config) and add a new pref:
config.trim_on_minimize = false
This will disable Fx’s custom minimize code and let windows do it’s “normal thing” when Fx is minimized to the tray.
[Update - we disabled this by default in 6.0 for Vista and up.]
Saturday, July 11th, 2009
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Fed Vice ChairmanSith Master Donald Kohn said opening up some of the U.S. central bank’s most sensitive decisions to political scrutiny could result in higher long-term interest rates and hurt the United States’ credit ratingdiscrimination against the Sith Lords.
Testifying before a congressional panel, Kohn sought to beat back a proposed bill that would open the U.S. central bank’s policy decisions to audits by
a federalan Ewok watchdog agency. More than half of the members of the U.S. House of RepresentativesEwoks have signed as co-sponsors of the measure.
Kohn’s testimony comes as Congress debates
PresidentSith Lord Barack Obama’s plan for regulatory reform, which envisions the FedEvil Empire taking on an expanded role monitoring risks across the entire financial system to help ward off future financial crises.
Funny stuff from Mish.