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Friday, February 27, 2009

JavaScript speed race: reloaded

After the recent public beta release of Safari 4, it is time to do another round of JavaScript performance testing (see the last one I did). Here I compare the unstable/development releases of different web browsers, when running SunSpider benchmark (runs/minute) and V8 benchmark (raw score). The test machine is Lenovo T61 laptop armed with Intel Core2 Duo 2 GHz, 2 GB RAM running Windows XP Professional SP2. The results follow (longer is better):

Google Chrome 2.0 is the unstable version from the developer channel, where Chrome 1.0 is the stable one. Opera 10.0 Alpha unfortunately still does not include Carakan, the brand-new fast JavaScript engine from Opera. Firefox 3.1 is tested with TraceMonkey enabled, i.e. via set to true in about:config. Konqueror 4.2 is installed from the KDE Windows project (MSVC 2005 built), the latest stable version because its latest unstable still points to 4.1.96. For safety reason, Internet Explorer 8 runs inside Xenocode browser sandbox as the sandboxing overhead was found to be negligible. The laptop's power manager tool is set to give maximum performance, thus forcing the laptop to always runs at its maximum speed.

Monday, February 23, 2009

bravo bravo quebec

Travelling around Sidoarjo, East Java? Drop Steak Liana a visit (located across the train station) and enjoy its rather well-known roasted ribs (Indonesian: iga bakar) for less than EUR 2 per portion.

roasted ribs

sweet potato vs steamed sponge cake

If you happen to visit Malang (East Java), do not skip the chance to visit Bakpao Telo right in Lawang, a small city just before Malang. The shopping complex is located conveniently on the main street, its enormous size makes it impossible to miss. What is unique there? A lot of assorted snacks (cakes, cookies, chips, and many more), made of highly-nutritious sweet potatoes, known here as ubi jalar or ketela rambat, often shortened to tela or telo, hence the name.

Needless to say, the following delicious steamed sponge cake (bolu kukus), which costs me a fortune (20 Eurocents or a quarter dollar), is my favorite.

bolu kukus