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Firebug makes Gmail slow

I use Firefox with Firebug. Love it. There’s no other combination out there right now that works as well as Firebug does for web development and HTML/CSS analysis. It’s a power house for dissecting the code and layout and nothing else compares for tweaking, or playing with, style and HTML code live. I can absolutely recommend it to anybody doing web development.

Turns out however that Firebug does not play nice with Gmail these days. I had noticed a lot of slowdowns when using my Gmail account and I thought it was somehow linked to the recent release of Google Buzz, but I was wrong. The culprit was the one and only Firebug! (Did you click the link already. It’s not like I’m dropping subtle hints here!)

Gmail to the rescue with their quick walk through on how to disable Firebug for its Gmail pages, or disable the offending services if you insist on using Firebug with Gmail.

Firebug can make Gmail slow

For the best Gmail performance, we suggest disabling Firebug for www.google.com.

Windows or Linux Users

To disable Firebug:

  1. Open the Firebug pane in your Gmail tab by clicking the Firebug icon.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the Net tab, and select Disable monitor for mail.google.com
  3. Repeat Step 2 on the Console and Script tabs.

If you’d like to keep Firebug running, you may improve Gmail performance by following these steps:

  1. Click the green or red icon in the bottom right corner of the browser window to open Firebug.
  2. Click the Console tab.
  3. Select Options.
  4. Uncheck Show XMLHttpRequests.
  5. Click the Net tab.
  6. Select Options.
  7. Check Disable Network Monitoring.

Mac Users

To disable Firebug:

  1. Click the green or red icon in the bottom right corner of the browser window to open Firebug.
  2. Click the bug icon in the top left corner of Firebug and select ‘Disable Firebug for mail.google.com.’

If disabling Firebug for Gmail doesn’t improve performance results, you may have to entirely disable Firebug.

Following these steps has made my Gmail nice and spiffy again. I won’t stop using Firebug unless a better product comes along so Gmail and Firebug will just have to learn to live together. For now the sandbox has been divided until these two can learn to play nice together.

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I’m quite upset!


Oh no! He's going to call his lawyer!

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Google stops you from being an idiot!

Official Gmail Blog: New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret

Had I read this on April 1st I would dismiss this as an April Fools joke. Maybe that’s even where this ingenious idea started. I’m talking about Google’s latest Google Labs addition, Mail Goggles! Even the name is funny!

The concept is awesome. This add-on lets you define a period of time during the day throughout the week when you are most likely to to send e-mails you surely will regret later. You probably get the idea, but to illustrate; that e-mail to your ex asking to get back together, or that drunken gibberish you sent to your team mailing list at work. All these horrible, but probably brilliant, ideas can now be prevented!

Mail Googles settings

Mail Googles settings

The way it works is fairly simple. You go to Gmail / Settings / Labs and enable Mail Googles. Set your settings and choose your difficulty level as shown above. Next time you feel inclined to write a masterpiece at 2am after 12 beers and a tray of Jäger shots you might be presented with a screen similar to this after hitting that infamous Send button.

This will be hard if you're an idiot.

This will seem hard if you're an idiot

Now some of you should consider leaving this on all the time – I’m just saying! You know who you are!

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Android is here!

The first hardware running Google’s open source OS “Android” has finally arrived. I first saw the news announcement over at Engadget. No doubt they face a pretty daunting market with the iPhone and Blackberries dominating much of the sales and with good reason. Might explain why they’re launching it for $179 with a 2-year T-Mobile contract, but more surprisingly you can get the phone for “only” $399 contract free. If you’re already a T-mobile subscriber you’re in luck, they are taking pre-orders for you faithful customers already.

Amazon has aligned itself with the new handset giving you access to their MP3 store, so obviously they’re aiming to be a music device too. So explain to me, where the hell is the standard 3.5mm jack?

Keep reading for picture, specs and link to official site.


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