Adding different mirrors for maven / Mirror management in Apache maven

In some cases it may takes a lot of time during a maven build as it is necessary to download required dependecies from the maven central repo. Maven uses a mirror, located in California, United States for downlowding required maven dependencies during a maven bulid. Even there has been implemented a balance loader for the default maven mirror (http://repo1.maven.org) recently it might make sense to overwrite the default behavior and set the mirror manually cause of: -) A mirror is geographically closer and faster -) Use an internal mirror (e.g. repo - proxy) Maven allows different settings to improve speed and make the downloading process more efficient and fast. Depending on the workflow two different soultions can be an adequate approach for the problem, described above.

Windows Vista PC is too slow

A colleague approached me to tell me that his 4 year old Laptop got very slow and asks for help.

Speed up parsing HTML pages in Python

Using a command-line Python utility a website is queried and parsed, consecutively other websites are queried and parsed. Loading and parsing each website takes a considerable amount of time. For loading the websites <code>urllib2</code> is used and for parsing them <code>BeautifulSoup</code> is used.

How to make firefox load pages faster

<p>Firefox is a very popular web browser, with many advantages. The question here is, if there is a way to enhance the browsing experience by speeding up the loading times for web pages. The solution should be easy to use and ideally without the necessity to install plugins or other additional software.</p>
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