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Old 08/30/2011, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The patch will allow you to control the browser through bookmark titles. You can enter the following command into bookmarks titles:
js+ javascripts on
js- javascripts off
pb+ private browsing on (Private Browsing patch required)
pb- private browsing off
cc clear cache
Commands should be separated with spaces. (most names and codes are lower-case, watch for auto-capitalization)

With this code you can
1) optimize the browser for your favorite websites,
2) make preference changes easier and faster.



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Post 09/04/2011
How to install the patch:

1. Download the attached patch to your PC.
2. Download and run WebOS Quick Install.
3. Click the Green Plus button.
4. Select the patch.
5. Click the Install button.



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Post before 09/04/2011


Results before:
Cnet.com takes about 33 seconds to fully load (the blue loading bar/line disappears)
Engadget.com takes about 27 seconds.

(Just to compare with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7"
Cnet.com - 29 seconds.
Engadget.com - 20 seconds.
Low-specs laptop over WiFi: both sites about 9 seconds - difficult to measure; subsequent requests much faster)

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Tips from Next_milenium forum member:

- install Ad Blocker,
- clear cache.

I can add that the Private Browsing patch also improves the speed.

So results with clean cache, Ad Blocker, and Private Browsing:

cnet.com - 19 seconds,
engadget.com - 15 seconds.

HUGE INCREASE IN SPEED!!!

There must be something broken with the way TouchPad caches web contents. Caching should increase speed, not slow down.

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You can read here how to organize/arrange your bookmarks:
http://forums.precentral.net/hp-touc...bookmarks.html


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09/01/2011 update:
Below is the code I modified. It is in the in /usr/palm/aplications/com.palm.app.browser/source/BrowserApp .js file. 1st and last lines are original, copy and insert the rest. Of course, make a backup copy before modifying the file. I used Internalz Pro with Master mode.

The code will allow you to control the browser through bookmark titles. You can enter the following command separated with space
js+ javascripts on
js- javascripts off
pb+ private browsing on (Private Browsing patch required)
pb- private browsing off
cc clear cache
Command should be separated with spaces.
Restart Luna/device after the change.

With this code you can
1) optimize the browser for your favorite websites,
2) make preference changes easier and faster.

selectItem: function(inSender, inItem) {
if ((inItem.title.indexOf(" pb+"))>=0)
{
this.privateBrowsing = false;
this.privateClick();
};
if ((inItem.title.indexOf(" pb-"))>=0)
{
this.privateBrowsing = true;
this.privateClick();
};
if ((inItem.title.indexOf(" js+"))>=0) {
this.browserPreferences["enableJavascript"] = true;
this.$.browserPrefsService.call({props: {value: true}, query: {from: this.$.browserPrefsService.dbKind, where: [{prop:"key","op":"=","val":"enableJavascript"}]}}, {method: "merge"});
this.applyPreference("enableJavascript", true);
};
if ((inItem.title.indexOf(" js-"))>=0) {
this.browserPreferences["enableJavascript"] = false;
this.$.browserPrefsService.call({props: {value: false}, query: {from: this.$.browserPrefsService.dbKind, where: [{prop:"key","op":"=","val":"enableJavascript"}]}}, {method: "merge"});
this.applyPreference("enableJavascript", false);
};
if ((inItem.title.indexOf(" cc"))>=0) {
new PalmServiceBridge().call('palm://com.palm.browserServer/clearCache', '{}');
};
this.setUrl(inItem.url);
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Old 08/30/2011, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting, I'll have to try this and report back.
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Old 08/30/2011, 10:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just wish Private Browsing would be updated to somehow always remember the last setting (enabled/disabled) so I wouldn't have to enable it everytime I open the browser.
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Old 08/30/2011, 10:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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WebOS Experts,

Is there a way to completely turn off the cache, please?
Or maybe, at least, have a scheduled process to clean the cache a few times per day?
Or maybe, set some user rights to the cache folder so nothing can be written there?
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Old 08/30/2011, 10:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi , i also change the dns in the connection config page , speed things up a little bit .
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Old 08/30/2011, 10:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for tip, clearing the cache did speed up the loading of Cnet.com by more than half.
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Old 08/30/2011, 11:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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HUGE INCREASE IN SPEED!!!

There must be something broken with the way TouchPad caches web contents. Caching should increase speed, not slow down.
You're not loading all of the content. Ad Blocker is cutting down on the data loaded. If any of the content is Flash, you're also cutting down the data the Flash player has to load. Even on Google TV (Logitech Revue), the browser gets slow if there is too much Flash on a page.
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Old 08/30/2011, 12:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Results before:
Cnet.com takes about 33 seconds to fully load (the blue loading bar/line disappears)
Engadget.com takes about 27 seconds.

(Just to compare with Samsung Galaxy Tab 7"
Cnet.com - 29 seconds.
Engadget.com - 20 seconds.
Low-specs laptop over WiFi: both sites about 9 seconds - difficult to measure; subsequent requests much faster)

===========

Tips from Next_milenium forum member:

- install Ad Blocker,
- clear cache.

I can add that the Private Browsing patch also improves the speed.

So results with clean cache, Ad Blocker, and Private Browsing:

cnet.com - 19 seconds,
engadget.com - 15 seconds.

HUGE INCREASE IN SPEED!!!

There must be something broken with the way TouchPad caches web contents. Caching should increase speed, not slow down.
I originally said to delete cache to put different speed tests on an equal ground (assuming cache made loading a webpage faster...). With everything being equal, deleting cache should make loading a page you've already visited faster and not slower so I'm not sure what's the issue there.

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You're not loading all of the content. Ad Blocker is cutting down on the data loaded. If any of the content is Flash, you're also cutting down the data the Flash player has to load. Even on Google TV (Logitech Revue), the browser gets slow if there is too much Flash on a page.
Correct and that's why I had my ad blocker removed (it prevented IMDB videos from playing). But I've installed it again because of speed advantage.
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Old 08/30/2011, 12:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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theres also a patch in preware to uncap the data speed
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Old 08/30/2011, 12:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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theres also a patch in preware to uncap the data speed
Yes, it's called "Unthrottle Download Manager"
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Old 08/30/2011, 01:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yes, it's called "Unthrottle Download Manager"
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Be careful. This patch slowed my TP down. You might want to run speedtest.net before and after install to see how it works for you.
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Old 08/30/2011, 01:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Be careful. This patch slowed my TP down. You might want to run speedtest.net before and after install to see how it works for you.
I have noticed the same thing before. I removed it from my palm pre. I still have it on my TP for now. I will run the speed test to really confirm this. I saw the slowdown when one i have one transfer going on the other won't start. For example, I was downloading a podcast on video flood hd and started a browser for something else. the browser won't load anything for a while.
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Old 08/30/2011, 02:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Be careful. This patch slowed my TP down. You might want to run speedtest.net before and after install to see how it works for you.
I too noticed after changing back and forth 3 times. All 3 times I was faster in every category after removing the patch testing from the same server on speedtest.

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Old 08/30/2011, 02:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My experience with Ad Blocker is that it tricks hulu for me and instead of showing ads shows a default "unable to show ads" screen, but still works. Not sure if it's any faster. Can anyone else confirm?
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Old 08/30/2011, 02:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I have noticed the same thing before. I removed it from my palm pre. I still have it on my TP for now. I will run the speed test to really confirm this. I saw the slowdown when one i have one transfer going on the other won't start. For example, I was downloading a podcast on video flood hd and started a browser for something else. the browser won't load anything for a while.
I ran speed tests with and without the patch. Cleared the cache between tests (with and without patch). Didn't see any noticeable diff. This was over wifi at home. The download speed was more or less around 12Mbits/sec. So not clear what the patch states that there is limitation of 64kb/s. May be patch description meant to say TCP window size of 64kbytes (65536 bytes)?

I removed the patch and did two downloads of the same podcast. One with video flood hd and other with dr podder. The file size was 472Mbytes.

Both downloaded the podcast within 6minutes with average speed of 1.4Mbytes/sec (roughly same as the speed test of 12Mbits/sec). Again I don't know where the limitation of 64kb/sec comes in.

If anyone has more clarity regarding this, that would be great. Thanks.
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Be careful. This patch slowed my TP down. You might want to run speedtest.net before and after install to see how it works for you.
Is this confirmed? I noticed a slight increase in speeds using speedtest.net, but not SpeakEasy or real world performance... Kind of curious. Thanks!
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Old 08/30/2011, 03:25 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The patches do help some, but it does not solve the general slowness of the browser on the TouchPad. I did some informal tests myself comparing the iPad2 running iOS 5b6 and the TouchPad (OC to 1.5 and the various patches, flash off, adblocker etc.). On simple pages it isn't too bad, but on more complex pages the TouchPad is a lot slower.

These times are after clearing the cache,history,cookies on each. Both are on the same home network

Engadget 1st 7.3 21
Engadget Refresh 4.1 17.1
CNN 1st 7.2 17.2
CNN Refresh 4.2 10
Cnet 1st 6.2 34.3*
Cnet Refresh 2.9 17.2
US Open 1st 6.7 34.2*
US Open Refresh 3.8 11.6
PreCentral Forums 1st 4.6 9.4
PreCentral Forums Refrsh 4.3 5.8

* - TouchPad progress never finished, but looked like it loaded entire page.
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Old 08/30/2011, 03:29 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Is this confirmed? I noticed a slight increase in speeds using speedtest.net, but not SpeakEasy or real world performance... Kind of curious. Thanks!
Not really. IMHO, on the TP, most people experience no change or slower speeds. I experienced much slower speeds and it is usually enough to tell without speed testing. However, on my Pre+, it definitely speeds things up.

It would be nice to get more feedback from people testing this.
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Not sure but using Unthrottled Download Manager sped up my Touchpad loading performance. When uninstalled it, it slowed significantly. Didn't run tests on it but it seemed this way from a first glance.
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Old 08/30/2011, 03:47 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Here is my testing:
1. I cleared cache.
2. Private browsing ON

Java ON/Flash ON
cnet.com - 20 secs
engadget.com - 19 secs


Java OFF/Flash ON
cnet.com - 8 secs
engadget.com - 7 secs

Java OFF/Flash OFF
cnet.com - 5 secs!!!
engadget.com - 9 secs
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