How Can I Improve, Enhance, Make Better Browsing Experience With Internet Explorer

Tweak Internet Explorer to Enhance Speed

Most Internet Explorer (IE) users complain about its slow speed, and how much time it takes to start up, and load web pages. However, a few tweaks will ensure that your IE experience becomes twice as fast. This article will tell you how to carry out these minor modifications – all you have to do is follow the steps listed out below.

IE Tweak 1

  1. Launch Internet Explorer, and select the option Tools -> Internet Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Settings field, scroll down to the heading called Multimedia. There, you have to clear the check-boxes next to the following options (as per your preference):
    1. Play animations in webpages
    2. Play sounds in webpages
    3. Show pictures
  4. Click on Apply, and then OK.

However, the problem with this tweak is that it will greatly restrict your internet experience – all at the cost of speed. This might not be an attractive option to many.

IE Tweak 2

  1. Again, open the Internet Options dialog.
  2. Select the Content tab.
  3. Under the AutoComplete section, click on the tab that says Settings.
  4. Clear the check-boxes next to the Forms and User names and password on forms options.
  5. Click on OK.
  6. Click on OK at the Internet Options dialog.

IE Tweak 3

  1. Open the Internet Options dialog, and select the Security tab.
  2. Under the Security level for this zone section, click on the tab that says – Custom Level…
  3. In the list that you see, select the Disable option for any (or all) of the following:
    1. ActiveX controls and plugins
    2. Java
    3. Scripting
  4. Click on OK.
  5. Click on OK in the Internet Options dialog.

This tweak too, like Tweak 1 above, will greatly limit your internet browsing experience and you might not like it. However, if you want speed at all costs, it might be worth it.

Configuring Huwaie MT882 for Ktorrent

Although I miss some uTorrent specific features (example: loading torrents from a folder) sorely, Ktorrent is pretty good. OpenSUSE pushes it and the inbuilt firewall to you with the installation, configuring both of it to work together calls for a How-to, of sorts.

If you have done port forwarding before, then you are just one step from getting Ktorrent to mooch all your bandwidth, if not, you might want to check out portforward.com.

So once you have added the ports at your router’s admin page, note them down. Then, fire up the Konsole and do a “/sbin/ifconfig” and note the IP that follows the word “inet addr”, that is your network IP. Follow this with a “/sbin/route” and note down the IP that follows the word “default”, that would be your gateway address.

That’s pretty obvious no? If you were the one who set up your DSL on OpenSUSE, you’d probably be like “yeah! I put in those digits”.

Now also do “sudo /etc/init.d/SuSEfirewall2_init status” and see that the firewall is stopped, you don’t quite need it anyway with a linux system. But if it’s not stopped. it’s okay, not a problem.

Go to Ktorrent configuration and fill in the TCP and UDP ports you forwarded and maybe another additional one if you want DHT.

If you are like me (ahem the CRS – Can’t Remember Shit type person), then don’t wonder why despite your forwarding ports and adding them into Ktorrent, you still get the “No incoming connections , possibly firewalled” symbol.

Go to the port forwarding page (in MT882 case it’s called Virtual Server) and check the IP you added for the ports, it’s gotta be the same as your network IP. I often make that mistake because DataOne gives the liberty to choose any network IP between 192.168.1.2 and 192.168.1.100. So at any given point of time the network IP I entered is not the top things in my head.