Googling: "How to speed up firefox" produces a myriad of manual tweaks but the most common and consistent would appear to be the following: (after typing "about:config"in the address bar)
network.http.max-connections-per-server - set it to 16 network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy - set it to 8 network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server - set it to 8 network.http.pipelining - set it to true network.http.pipelining.maxrequests - set it to 8 network.http.proxy.pipelining - set it to true
It is interesting to note that running Firetune reverts the numerical changes back to their default values.
ff3 is optimised for modern pc's/ broadband connections, if you make it faster you may become unpopular on certain websites. don't tweek it much, especially if you visit a well known graphics card forum.
Now there's a handy little tool: thank you Bob The Blob.
sunny staines: without actually sitting there with a stopwatch (at least until fasterfox is compatible with FF3) I honestly cannot say that I have noticed any magical difference with these "tweaks" But we can't resist a tweak ... can we?