FireFox Memory Usage

FireFox is my default web browser. I have a couple of FireFox extensions that I can’t live without. The major issue with FireFox is memory consumption. Here’s how I handle this problem.

1. Change the maximum number of URLs you can traverse through the Back/Forward buttons.


You can change this setting by typing about:config in the address bar. For more information, go to and search for “browser. sessionhistory. max_entries”.

2. Change the cache for recently visited pages.



3. Change the image and chrome cache.



4. Use Windows swap memory.



5. Uninstall rarely used extensions and plug-ins.

6. Install the QuickRestart extension from and make sure you have “Show my windows and tabs from last time” chosen in the options dialog.

If you see FireFox memory usage is getting really big, do a quick restart.

7. If you want to have an idea what is in the memory cache, you can go to


See for more details.

If you have other ways to improve FireFox’s memory consumption, please let me know!

Google Checkout Fees Download

I was looking for a way to download a year’s worth of Google Checkout Fees and found a January 2009 post from Ashley Schroder. Google Checkout has changed since the blog post was made and the new steps are documented in the post’s comments section. I took the liberty of making an updated post on how to do it for tax year 2009.

You will need FireFox with the FireBug add-on.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to and log in to your Google Checkout account.
  2. Open FireBug and edit the HTML. Search for the input tags startDay and endDay.
Google checkout-before

3. Add value=”d:2009-01-01″ to startDay. Add value=”d:2009-12-31″ to endDay. Remove onclick=”assignDates()”.

Google checkout-after

4. Click Download on the web page.

The file downloaded should contain a full year’s worth of Google Checkout Fees. If anyone knows a simpler way to do it, please let me know. Thanks.