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Maximize browser performance with a RAMdisk
Authored by: bugmenot1 on Mar 19, '11 02:24:47PM
A script to delete the FF cache on exit would be a great addition to this tip. It's possible that another cloning app may have an option to exclude files that I've overlooked.
This is a really bad tip!
The whole point of browser cache is to speed up your experience for extended periods of time, including between browser restart sessions! Getting data over the internet is still much slower than even the slowest spinning disks and I'm not even talking about SSDs.
By constantly emptying your disk cache you are slowing down your browsing, making the experience worse, and actually costing more money to the websites you visit by forcing them to constantly resend easily cache-able data. Not only that, you are also negatively affecting other visitor's experience because you are needlessly using up website's bandwidth that could be used to service more users.

Let's take this website for example, it has identical header and footer images on every page. These page elements be easily cached "forever" because they never change (other than the site design changes). Why would you waste your own time downloading those parts of the page on every visit? Why not save them on your disk cache and instantly load them from it whenever your browser needs them?!

Why do you think browser developers and HTML standard advisers are also pushing for new ways to cache data such as HTML5 application storage? It's about speeding up YOUR web experience. By constantly deleting your disk cache you are undoing all their work and research.

Please folks, don't listen to that tip. As a matter of fact, increase your disk cache size, you will only benefit from that!

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Maximize browser performance with a RAMdisk
Authored by: BigBadbenny on Mar 23, '11 05:42:23PM

Intriguing , but we do still have the option to keep the cache on the self restoring RAMDisk.
There are arguments for keeping and deleteing the cache between sessions - is one more 'right' than the other?



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