here is what i am currently using to make browsing safer and less annoying:
- Use Firefox (duh)
- Don’t install the Flash plugin
- Turn off “Allow sites to set cookies” and keep a small whitelist
- Install this hosts file to remove most advertising
- Use TargetKiller to get rid of pages opening up in new windows
- Disable Java
It’s amazing how much faster and pleasant the web becomes if you take the garbage out..
if the techniques behind google suggest are not snappy enough for you, try micah’s web search without the web. clever data prepopulation beats (asynchronous) network calls.
very nicely done overview post about the different options available today on the client-server spectrum.
advances to search quality are always welcome.