Web browsers do too much.
Many of their features can be replaced with specialized software which does the job better.
Remove Advertisements ∞
- Polipo makes downloading from file-hosting sites hang up regularly, starting at 15MB. May be a mis-configuration.
hostsfile is one solution.
Modifying web pages ∞
Privoxy - Untested. A non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk.
- This could be a replacement for Greasemonkey.
External downloaders ∞
cliget -- Works, but it's not appropriate for file hosting websites.
- Firefox will begin the download in the background while that download prompt is open, and file hosting websites will see that as the only valid download connection. Using cliget will then break the original download and begin a new restarted one. File hosts will see this, kill the download and expire the session, forcing a "new file download" delay for the user.
- It needs to immediately open a shell and begin the download without the copy dialog. Maybe this is possible, but I didn't find a way when I last looked into it.
There are other solutions, but I didn't seriously look into them. I should.
External password managers ∞
I've been using KeePassX. It's decent enough.
I want to use an external bookmark manager, but I have not looked into this problem yet.