Being the default browser installed with an operating system has its advantages; just ask Internet Explorer on both the Mac and PC side. Yes, IE once shipped as the default choice for Mac users too, back in the dark days of OS 8/9. And it was fast, too, faster than anything else available at the time.
Today, Apple's browser of choice is Safari, based in part on the open source KHTML codebase and enhanced regularly through Apple's WebKit project. It's pretty fast, too, but not always. Sometimes, Safari can slow to a crawl depending on a variety of factors such as cache size or network congestion, or even how many tabs you have open at once. Sure, you could (and should!) switch to a better browser, but what if you don't want to?
MacFixit has an answer. Today's front page is devoted largely to a guide to speeding Safari back up, including some common and not-so-common fixes. Some of the highlights:
removing cached files in ~/Library/Safari, particularly the cached favicon data filesremoving the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist preference file (implicated in slow launch times)turn off AutoFill to improve browsing speed on pages with many text formsshorten the names of bookmarks to improve bookmark loading
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