Firefox tip: Firefox 3.0’s Awesome Bar added all kinds of features to the ‘fox, but unfortunately it’s also created some performance issues—for example, by upping the default history time, leading to larger, fragmented databases. This quick hack speeds things up.
There’s an experimental plugin released which automates this ‘vacuuming’ task. You get to set the number of restarts before the plugin automatically sorts out your database or you can set it to reveal the status bar icon after a certain interval if you derive some kind of satisfaction from clicking a simple button to make your browser faster.
I make sure of the awesome bar rather often for searching or hoping I’m lucky and get to the site I want. Hopefully this will make somewhat of a difference. You can follow Lifehacker’s article and discussion on the plugin here.