Browser Speed Tests: The Compiled, Up-to-Date Results

September 26, 2008

Back when Firefox 3’s final release candidate dropped, we ran some tests to compare its page-loading, memory use, and technical timing to Internet Explorer 7, Opera, and Safari for Windows. Then Google Chrome arrived, so we pitted it against the betas for Firefox 3.1 and Internet Explorer 8, and shared the results. The tests were by and large the same, but many commenters wisely asked to see all the results, betas or no betas. Well, today we’ve patched together all our data, thrown in a fresh test of the Opera 9.6 beta, and we’re sharing all the graphy goodness. Read on to see a full comparison of the major browsers you can load on Windows.

The tests

You can read up on our testing methods in their entirety at the original testing feature. I’ve come to realize, however, that between all three rounds of testing involved, the “8-page load” test may be the most vulnerable to variables—some of the pages included are quite dynamic, so if, say, Gizmodo puts up a large number of videos or huge pictures, it could affect the total loading time. Other than that, though, the page-loading tests are run by a human watching a timer, the JavaScript from Sean Patrick Kane’s web test, the CSS from a downloadable form, and memory use from checking Windows Vista’s Task Manager.

Test 1: Page Loading—Winner: Opera (9.5)!

No surprise that Opera 9.6’s beta performed just as well as the official release, on start-ups both both cold (right after boot-up) and warm (having launched at least once). I’m heartened to see comparable results between the first batch of browsers I tested and their newer betas.

The next speed test, loading eight pages from a bookmark folder, left me scratching my head. Why did the newer betas take so much longer to load a similar set of pages? As stated above, my best guess is the dynamic nature of at least one page in the group, but Opera was tested separately from the other betas, and didn’t gain much in speed.

Test 2: JavaScript & CSS—Winner: Safari! (by a nose)

It’s hard to beat Safari’s performance in both Cascading Style Sheets and the JavaScript code that fronts so many webapps. It has to be noted, however, that most browsers, other than Internet Explorer, don’t out-run one another by a huge stretch in JavaScript; Chrome and Safari, though, pull ahead on CSS.

Test 3: Memory Use—Winner: Firefox!

It’s reassuring that Mozilla puts so much effort into memory usage in Firefox 3 releases—seeing as how most readers of this site are more than open to extension suggestions.


Article from LifeHacker



September 17, 2008

For all you people out there who don’t use Twitter, you do not know what your missing.

Twitter is another social network site that lets users connect by answering a simple question: What are you doing? Extremely simple. You have a 140 character maximum for your “tweet” and you can post them as often as you want.

Like any other social networking site, you can follow, or be followed by other users around the world. Simply go to their Twitter page and click follow!Now you might be wondering, I don’t want to look at people’s tweets that say “I’m going out”, those are boring! But of course not! There’s several web sites that relate to Twitter and give you the latest tweets and headlines that are most popular! Such as TwitScoop and TwicPic.

Not sure on who to follow? Friends or family can’t be bothered to join? Not to worry, you’ll have plenty people to follow in no time! Twitter Search is the way to go. With it’s easy and simple search, you could type in anything from Computers to Photography, and it will come up with all the profiles that relate to that search.

If your a FireFox user, may I recommend the TwitterFox Add-On. It lets you update, view and reply to your followers Tweets. Small, convenient and you’ll be finding yourself using it almost everyday!

This social network is fast growing and one of the top ones on the Internet. Sign up for a free account today on Twitter and get Tweeting!

If you want to follow me on Twitter, my user name is ScratchedChalk.


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Apple to Podcaster: No App Store for you

September 15, 2008

For all you Apple users our there, and who love to listen to pod casts, here’s something interesting, yet disappointing news…


Apple’s App Store policies are really starting to frustrate application developers.

Over the weekend, a good old-fashioned Internet-style kerfuffle arose over Apple’s decision to reject Podcaster–an iPhone application that lets people download podcasts directly to their devices without going through iTunes–from the App Store. The developer of the application said that Apple told him the application “duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes,” apparently making it unfit for the App Store.

This has been a persistent question hanging over Apple’s decision to vet every single iPhone and iPod Touch application sold through the App Store, the only official source of iPhone and iPod Touch applications. How will Apple choose to wield this power? The rejection of Pull My Finger and I Am Rich didn’t cause as many waves as the execution of NetShare, but the exact parameters remain a mystery.

Back in March, the company said it would prohibit applications that took up a lot of bandwidth, or delivered porn, but they have never explicitly stated what is permissible and what isn’t. And without any guidelines, developers have no way of knowing whether their application will be included in the only official market for iPhone applications until after they’ve done all the work on it.

I can’t help but be reminded of the Soup Nazi, brought to life by Bill Gates’ new best friend Jerry Seinfeld. Watch the clip if you don’t remember, or were in grade school when that came out, but if you didn’t order soup from the Soup Nazi in the exact right way, without asking any questions or voicing concerns–procedures that you were somehow just expected to know–no soup for you.

On Friday, Fraser Spiers, creator of Exposure, lashed out at Apple’s lack of explicit policies regarding iPhone application development. “Apple’s current practice of rejecting certain applications at the final hurdle – submission to the App Store – is disastrous for investor confidence. Developers are investing time and resources in the App Store marketplace and, if developers aren’t confident, they won’t invest in it. If developers – and serious developers at that – don’t invest, what’s the point?”

It’s understandable that Apple might want to control the development of iPhone applications with an iron fist, given that the company attempts to control absolutely every last detail of its activities with an iron fist. And there are benign reasons for wanting to control application development so tightly, such as ensuring quality and security.

But in another example of what we’ve seen so far this summer, Apple’s recent mistakes involve communication, or the lack thereof. If the company would just come out and explain to developers what type of applications will be rejected, and why, developers could make a conscious decision about whether to invest their time and money in developing their application.

Instead, Apple is giving developers a choice: they can take the risk of guessing whether their application will pass muster, or they can steer clear of developing any application that might infringe on Apple’s current or future plans; without knowing what those might be, of course. As Harry McCracken put it (via Daring Fireball), “Way back when, if software distribution for the Mac had been handled via a Mac App Store with a don’t-duplicate-Apple-products policy, Photoshop might have been refused distribution on the grounds that it was too similar to MacPaint.”

The end result is that Apple’s attempt to control third-party development might be re-encouraging the growth of the jailbreaking market once again: iPhone OS 2.1 is already open to jailbroken applications.


~Article from CNET News~

Firefox 3.1 to gain modicum of privacy

September 13, 2008

Of the two big browsing features of 2008, one seems to run counter to where developers are driving their browsers. The melding of the location bar to the search bar was expected in Firefox and Opera, thanks to beta versions. Chrome has it, too, calling it the Omnibar. What seems to have caught developers off-guard has been the clamor for a universal switch to stop the cache and browsing history from recording anything at all.

Microsoft’s InPrivate debuted in Internet Explorer 8 beta 2, and Google Chrome’s version is the well-received Incognito feature. So far, in Firefox, the feature has only been available via the Stealther plug-in, which basically copies all the features of InPrivate except that you don’t have to open a new browsing window. Now, Mozilla has announced through the Firefox 3.1 status tracker that a privacy toggle will be a baked-in feature.

It turns out that Mozilla has had such a toggle on its radar since 2004, when Apple’s Safari introduced a cache-avoiding browsing session. So what took so long for Firefox to decide that this should be a rolled-in feature? As others have noted, Firefox director Mike Beltzner declared that the feature would need to take a backseat to keeping the browser on schedule.

Pressure from this being a near-universal feature has no doubt accelerated its importance, although Mozilla plans to put its own spin on what it can do. In addition to turning off the page cache and the browsing history recorder, there will be no autofill for passwords and new passwords used will not be saved. Also, all cookies acquired during the session will be discarded, as will downloads in the Download Manager. Essentially, pages visited will be stored in the memory, not on the hard disk–although there’s no word on if or how this will affect performance.

Another aspect of the current unnamed feature will save all tabs and close the session, re-opening a new blank browser window. When the private session is finally turned off, the older session will re-open. One difference from Microsoft’s InPrivate will be that there won’t be any neon advertising that private mode has been activated, according to Mike Connor, the lead developer on Firefox. The fact that you are using a privacy mode will remain private.


~Article from CNET News~

Create a file of a certain size!

September 13, 2008

This command is useful if you quickly need a file of a certain size. The command execution is instantaneous (no matter what you put for length), but the file contains only zeros.

Just open up CMD and type the following:

fsutile file createnew

(e.x – 1000 = 1000 bytes)

You can do this with any extension (.bat, .jpg, .txt)

Enjoy 😉

Google Releases Chrome!

September 13, 2008

Google Chrome is an Internet browser that has just been released in 100 different countries just the other day. There are a few different tweaks in Google Chrome that are lacking in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

First of all, and I think I like this one the best, when you open up Google Chrome is automatically gives you a screenshot of the 9 most visited webpages that you frequent, just like Opera speed-dial.

On the side there is also a easy way to find recent searches, bookmarks and even recently closed tabs. Of course like a lot of other things Google, Chrome is open source, which makes it much easier for people to develop applications on it. Don’t forget the speed either!

Google Chrome has built a JavaScript Virtual Machine called V8, this makes it the fastest browser on the market. Google Chrome has also incorporate the popular tabs feature only the tabs are at the top instead of below the address bar like in Firefox.

Google Chrome’s address bar is actually called an omnibox and is complete with auto complete and search suggestions to help you find exactly what you are looking for. If you need privacy Google Chrome has you covered there too with Incognito mode.

This mode makes it so nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer. No more cookies to delete in this mode. So well, what is the price, well like most things Google it is 100% free. So what are you waiting for try it out. You can download it here or learn even more first by watching the video below…

Twit.Tv – Pod Casts

September 13, 2008

Just a quick tutorial showing you a great pod cast site, all related to tech, called Twit.Tv. It’s home of some very famous pod castes such as Leo Laporte and many more! I would definitely recommend checking it out!