Ramiro Franco

Chrome vs Safari on iOS 5

Written on Friday June 29, 2012 at 4:47 a.m.

As anyone who's interested in this topic already knows, Google has created a port of Chrome for iOS designed to work on the iPhone and on the iPad.

I did a little bit of testing today, hoping to see what the primary differences in rendering were and found that they were largely the same. Primarily because they are both using iOS's webkit rendering. This is actually a good thing, it helps to speed up the app and it keeps web pages consistent on the device.

Where they differ, is the javascript implementation. Chrome has a reputation for having a very fast javascription engine, but some preliminary testing shows that at least on iOS, Safari is a clear winner in terms of speed. A quick benchmark of dom render time using jQuery, Mootools, and Dojo clearly shows that Safari outpaces Chrome.

I love the Chrome UI, and I'm a big fan of the synchronization, but the speed benefits on Safari might actually keep me from making the switch.

Update Turns out, Google isn't going to use their own rendering or javascript engine, and Apple has restricted direct access to their javascript engine posting security concerns, which causes it to run slower in third party apps like Chrome.

Long Evenings.

Written on Saturday April 28, 2012 at 12:53 a.m.

I've been working more than I probably should, again. With committing hours to multiple contractors on top of my usual work at CrowdCompass, and my own private projects. I feel like I have way more time to projects and work than actual time available for probably the next month or so.

I have been able to schedule a few moments in from time to time. I started my FFXIV account back up and I love all the changes they've made to the game, and recently I through a huge birthday bash for myself that was a rousing success.

The festivities involved a signature cocktail, the French 75, which Angela helped me pick up supplies for. We had sushi, cheese, charcuterie for snacking around the house. We had a bunch of great music videos on the big tv. My friends came together to get me some amazing gifts, and we all celebrated the night away. It was a probably one of the better parties I have had and possibly one of the best I will have.

Busy Bees.

Written on Friday March 30, 2012 at 11:50 p.m.

I've been busy for what really feels like forever. I don't think I've had a real break from working in what has to be three weeks at this point. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, and as far as life situations go, having "too much work" is definitely on the lower end of the suck-scale, but I really do need to take a break soon.

I've mainly been working on a single project for CrowdCompass that involves using Ember.js and Rails. I'm loving the product that's coming out of this. I have great design mock ups from my co-worker Kevin, and amazing back-end support from Matt and Sean so with any luck, this will be finished soon and I'll finally have the time to start up some RPG or MMORPG.

A Brand New Beat

Written on Thursday March 8, 2012 at 3:53 p.m.

As of now, I'm the happy owner of a pair of Lady Gaga's Heartbeats 2.0 head phones, and very happily so. The quality is beyond that of my sony headphones, they are comfortable ( and very adjustable, with 8 different ear pieces to select from ), and best of all, they look bad ass.

I managed to chip a tooth on Sunday, and now I find myself looking to pay for 2 crowns on my teeth ASAP, with another couple of crowns coming soon after.

My old PS3 also died out on me, so I had to replace that too. Not a serious issue or anything, but upsetting non-the-less. Though I did manage to take care of that right away and the newer-slim model heats my apartment up at least 2 degrees (Fahrenheit) less than the old one did, and is much quiter.

White Noise

Written on Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 3:23 p.m.

Last Saturday I finally managed to take a trip out to the Timberline Lodge to snow board. This was actually my first time ever doing so. I found it enjoyable enough, despite white-out conditions and the fact the weather was bad enough that they had closed all but the pucci and bunny lift. I didn't managed to master turning, but I can make it to the bottom of the slope and only eat snow once when I hit the bottom, which has to be some kind of progress. I intend to go back as soon as it's financially feasabile to, but that may take a little while given how costly this sport is.

Returning from my trip I managed to misplaced my nice little sony earbuds and had to work a day without them. I think I was probably 32% less productive that day. So today I made sure to bring in my skullcandy headphones that I had lying about at my desk at home which reminded me just how tinny and terrible the sound from these is.

I wish I could give you a model name so you know which ones to specifically avoid, but unfortunately I can't seem to find one on these. They were one of the 40$ variants of skullcandy, so it's probably safe to avoid just everything in that range from them.