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And the winner of the browser speed wars is... not Firefox 3.0

With Firefox and Opera getting massive updates in quick succession, I thought it was high time I joined the party! So I crash-tested the following browsers to find out which was the fastest:
Mozilla Firefox 3.0Opera 9.50 (build 10063)Flock 1.2.1MS Internet Explorer 7.0MS Internet Explorer 8.0 (beta)32bit Web Browser probably haven't heard of a few names on the list. Let's just say you're in for a few more surprises as well.

How I tested
The only thing I'm concerned with right now is speed. IE8 for instance, is still beta and it would be unfair to bring in factors which would make it look silly. ElectraSoft's 32bit Web Browser doesn't have tabbed browsing, so I had to throw out any comparisons that had to do with tabbed browsing as well. Finally, I didn't go for memory consumption statistics, or JavaScript or CSS tests, primarily to be fair to IE8, and also because I think all these browsers have very different working mechanisms.

All that being said…

Gmail inbox is really 5GB?

How much free storage space does Gmail really provide? If you haven't noticed, there's a "New! Gmail Labs" link on the top of the Gmail page after you've signed in, right next to Settings -- here's the link. It opens a page which claims

It's a Gmail party and everyone is invited!
You can still invite your friends to enjoy Gmail's spam protection, 5GB free storage and other great features, but now you can also just tell them to visit and sign up without an invitation.

5GB? What about this, then?

I'm confused: so is Google actually providing 5GB inbox space for Gmail users? Compressed or uncompressed? In any case -- not the reaching-out-to-never-ending size it says? Someone please clear me up here.

I'm not expecting a response from Google, though. After all, they still seem pretty undecided about Notebook, and hey, even Blogger goes on unpremeditated sleep mode.

3 internet startups that I never thought would make it

I have always had much faith in the web, but I guess even I got surprised at times. I'll cut to the point: I never expected startups like Twitter or StumbleUpon to succeed. Or, though admittedly on a much smaller scale, techqi, which is this blog. Who would have thought that people would get so addicted to microblogging? Well, I didn't. Or that a random site-loading toolbar would be delightful and win over millions? Me again. I was wrong in both cases, and as a result I'm now a happy member of both Twitter and StumbleUpon. Very honestly speaking, I never thought techqi would even survive on Google. But it has, and has received thousands of hits (half a million pageviews, to be exact). Even AV Scan, which came much later, has long crossed the 10k visitor mark. I'm very optimistic about both these blogs, and that has in turn triggered my perfectionist instinct. Now I'm not satisfied with techqi's looks and overall organization, so I desperately want to give it…

3,000 First Nations women missing

"Over 3,000 of our women, of us as a people, have gone missing without a word," he said. "There's no front page for our missing women." The above is a direct quote from the May 30 Vancouver 24 Hours. David Dennis, vice-president of the United Native Nations society, was speaking at a rally, on May 29 outside the Vancouver Art Gallery for A National Day of Action in Support of First Nations. He also spoke of young First Nations men being criminalized, and of the 'systematic poverty plaguing aboriginals in the shadow of the 2010 games', to use the words in the report. The front page story of the day was about how to get through to Seth Rogen for an interview, in case you were interested. I feel sick.