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10.4: Possibly improve Safari's speed by disabling RSS Web Browsers
Tiger only hintPage rendering seems faster for me after disabling RSS in Safari v. 2.0.3 (10.4.6). If you use another app for feeds (I use Thunderbird) or don't care for them, it might help.

Use an application like Safari Enhancer to enable Safari's Debug menu. Then launch Safari, go to the Debug menu, then select Turn Off RSS Support, and follow the instructions. Optionally, go to your bookmarks and select RSS feeds from the sidebar. Delete them, or copy them to an alternative RSS reader.

By the way, I also have disabled the favicon cache, and set page rendering speed to "fast" in Onyx, but it was this last change with RSS support that seems to have made the biggest difference.

[robg adds: I can't see much speed difference here, but since people seem to always be on the lookout for any possible tweak, here's another one to try. You can also enable the Debug menu without any third party software, as described in this hint.]
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10.4: Possibly improve Safari's speed by disabling RSS
Authored by: schaps on Apr 13, '06 01:18:47PM
Could be psychological, but could be doing something. Seems logical that it will limit unnecessary network traffic in any case, if I'm not using the RSS feed option. Didn't help with my current unsolved issue-- this website crashes Safari hard (completely disappears without even the usual "Safari crashed" box)-- try it, if you please: http://minneapolistrafficmap.com

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10.4: Possibly improve Safari's speed by disabling RSS
Authored by: deebster on Apr 13, '06 04:12:30PM

'Safari has unexpec...'

Yup, kills my Safari too.



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10.4: Possibly improve Safari's speed by disabling RSS
Authored by: codec3 on Apr 13, '06 01:21:55PM

A benefit I found of disabling the RSS feed:
On my network we run Websense, which requires a login and pass.
All_the_time.
The other day I was burning a DVD from FCP in real-time to an external burner. Well, the RSS feed from Safari popped up because Websense wanted me to log in to get the feeds. This happend while I was out for lunch, the DVD was 49 min. long. When I got back, the login window was on top of FCP (which causes FCP to stop playing since it is no longer the top level application). So I had to redo the DVD when I didn't have time to in the first place.
So yeah, I turned that RSS thing off. Forever. But only because of Websense.



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10.4: Possibly improve Safari's speed by disabling RSS
Authored by: blacklighter on Apr 13, '06 02:03:49PM

I can definitely confirm this. This is really true. As my feed is getting more and more, I noticed that my browsing is getting slower. Especially when I open a new tab or new page. The circling rainbow cursor appeared so frequent that I knew something is wrong. Once I disabled it, everything is smooth sailing again. I now use Vienna RSS NewsReader from http://www.opencommunity.co.uk/vienna2.html It is a good program. Check it out.



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10.4: Possibly improve Safari's speed by disabling RSS
Authored by: joe_e on Apr 13, '06 02:16:51PM

Deleted RSS Bookmarks and turned off RSS support in the Debug menu.

No question about it there is a definite speed improvement.

Good hint.



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10.4: Possibly improve Safari's speed by disabling RSS
Authored by: koverholt on Apr 13, '06 10:58:18PM

This worked excellent, thanks for the hint. I have been sort of agitated at Safari's slow page loading and this definitely sped up the page loads noticeably. Thanks!



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10.4: Possibly improve Safari's speed by disabling RSS
Authored by: davidcollins001 on Aug 26, '06 05:24:26PM
You can switch on the debug menu from the terminal:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030110063041629

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