Browser Speed Comparison Test

So we’ve decided to add Safari/Webkit support to our editor at work.  I don’t think any of you have seen our product, but it’s heavy on javascript (jQuery) usage.  So I decided to do a speed test with our editor to see how well each browser performs on just loading the editor.

So obviously this will test the html rendering of the browser.  It’s a big page and we use lots of CSS.  And then it will test javascript speed.  It’s pretty apparent that this isn’t the be all and end all of speed test reviews, but the results are entertaining nonetheless, especially since I can see the real world speed test of our system.  So here are the results from just loading the editor, which is the only test I’ll have time to do for now.

Test System:
Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
2 Gig Ram
Windows Vista 32-bit Business

Load Times in Seconds

  • Firefox 3.0.1
    • 13.3
    • 13.3
    • 13.1
  • Google Chrome
    • 7.7
    • 7.7
    • 7.1
  • IE8 Beta 2
    • 11.8
    • 11.2
    • 10.8
  • Safari 3.1.2
    • 10.0
    • 8.1
    • 11.5
    • 9.4
    • 8.6
  • Firefox 3.1 Alpha2
    • 9.2
    • 10.0
    • 9.3

It’s pretty clear from my tests on our system that Google Chrome is clearly the fastest browser.  I remember switch from Firefox 2 to Firefox 3 and seeing how much faster that was.  I wonder how slow Firefox 2 would be on our system.  Even with Firefox 3.1 new javascript engine, it’s still significantly slower than Chrome.  I know it’s just an alpha product, so it still has the potential to be faster when the final version comes out.  But 3.1 is still close to 2 seconds slower loading the page.

What was interesting to me was to see how Safari was all over the map in loading the page.  It had 8 seconds loads.  And then it had close to 12 seconds loads. I tested it some more (not shown), and those results showed the Safari was consistently inconsistent for some reason.

Chrome is not without it’s faults.  It doesn’t render the background image to one of the divs correctly in my editor (but Safari correctly renders it for some reason).  This could be because it’s using an older version of WebKit.  Incorrect.  But fast.


Thanks to Eric and Ars, I’ve found Dropbox.  A great product.  Sync and share your files among multiple computers.

I’ve been using Live Mesh for a while now, but it had its flaws.  Mainly it didn’t work in Linux, and thus making file syncing pretty sucky.  Dropbox not only has Windows support but also Linux and OS X.

Of course I’m writing this all up before I’ve even used it.  But that Linux support is the key that Live Mesh has been missing.  Live Mesh does have rdesktop feature between logged in machines, which is nice.  But this is the way to go with file syncing.

Resizing w/ Scrollbar in iTunes?

I just downloaded iTunes 8.  I don’t know if this was the case in iTunes 7 as well, but what the hell is the deal with the window resizing when dragging with the scrollbar?  It’s show ing a normal pointer, and I’m able to resize. 

I’ve been done with iTunes.  It’s pretty much my portal to see what new music is out.  Amazon MP3 ftw.

Crashing Mythbuntu [solved?]

Ever since I put Mythbuntu on my machine since 7.04, it’s been constantly locking up.  I had no idea why this was happening, but blamed it on MythTV anyways.  Just something that I’ll have to deal with.

But I may have solved the mysterious crashing.  I have a Streamzap remote control connected to my machine.  On the IR receiver, there’s a red light that goes on anytime it receives a signal, whether from the Streamzap remote or any other remote.  Obviously I only have it configured to respond to the Streamzap.

But there’s another thing that’s sending out infared.  My laptop.  On my Thinkpad, the infared is located on the front of the machine.  Sometimes downstairs I leave my computer on the counter which faces the TV.  Apparently Windows likes to constantly send out IR.  It’s trying to peg other machines to let them know it’s in range.

Well my Mythbuntu box picks up this signal.  I’ve noticed this for a while now, but didn’t think much of it since it really doesn’t bother anything except for when I’m trying to use the remote as well.

So after 3 successive lock ups in a row on my box, I noticed my Streamzap receiver picking the signal from my laptop.  So I just decided to block my IR port on my laptop.  After that my myth box stopped crashing.

Was that it?  Was the IR crashing my myth box or was it just a coincidence?  We’ll see how often it continues to lock up. 

Google’s *****

Google is my pimp.  Pretty much Google owns me right now.  And I don’t mind one bit.

Let’s see what products I use.  

My email is handled through Google Apps.  All my documents are now on Google Docs. I never used a calendaring system before I started using Google Calendar.  I use Google Reader for my feeds, and besides email, that’s probably my most visited site.  I dropped webalizer for Google Analytics.  And now I’m using Google Chrome as my primary browser.  Coming up, I’ll have a good chance at getting an Android phone.  And then of course I only use Google search.

Thankfully, all of these services are free.

Google owns me and I’m totally fine with it.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is now my default web browser.  At least for the next week.  We’ll see how I like it for the time being.  It’s hard to go away from Firefox and the addons that I love to use.  But we’ll see how it goes.

I like it so far.  Like the tabbed home page, the fast browsing (especially the fast javascript engine).  I like the application creation.  Although I was already doing this with Mozilla Prism, it’s much easier within Chrome.  Omnibox is nice.  Download box is nice.  All the simplicity/integration stuff is nice.

Things I don’t like so far?  WebKit engine is fast, but it doesn’t work with our editor.  Well, I guess that’s our fault for not supporting it, but we’re not doing anything out of the totally crazy (jQuery, tinymce, other DOM stuff).  I’m sure there are other websites that might be messed up with the WebKit engine, but that’s life.

Biggest thing I miss from Firefox is the addons.  There is a DOM inspector, but nothing as good as Firebug.

Let’s just say I won’t be uninstalling Firefox any time soon.  I have IE8 beta 2 and Google Chrome to test.  I only lasted a couple days with IE8 before going back to Firefox.  I wonder how long I’ll last with Chrome.

Diddy: Lower oil prices so I can fly on private jet

Diddy. Puff Daddy. P. Diddy.  Puffy…  Whatever you want to call this fool is an idiot.

First off, the AP sucks for actually bothering to report this garbage.  And the garbage that’s reported goes to show that some people shouldn’t have a lot of money.

People are struggling to pay for gas for their cars, and this idiot wants to complain about how he has to fly first class instead of flying his own chartered jet.  Oh no!  The travesty of it all!

Please, people. For the next President of the United States, vote for man/woman who is going to bring the gas prices down.  We can not allow this to be happening, where Diddy is forced to struggle through life in first class.  This should not be happening.