Users with Explorer, or not a lot of RAM (or both, ack!) can run into speed issues with Passpack. So we’re experimenting with a new Turbo mode, using the Google Gears WorkerPool.
(how to turn it on)
Playing Right with Google Gears
Ever since the Air vs. Gear fire-up that Passpack Desktop caused, we’ve been promising ourselves to do a “proper” Gears implementation. Today we’re releasing our first baby-step using the Gears WorkerPool to speed up the encryption/decryption processes.
For now, we’ve optimized the “unpacking tags” process, and the results are impressive. Further optimizations will definitely follow.
How Much Faster Is It?
In an entirely unscientific experiment, we timed logging into a Passpack account with 112 tags and about 400 entries. The results on Explorer 7:
Versus just over 1 second for the same operation with Gears.
That was using an Intel Pentium Core Duo 2.20GHz, with 4Gb RAM. The same test on a three year old, suffering overloaded laptop resulted in 128 seconds without Gears (wow!) and 4 seconds with.
Who Can Use It?
Gears users. If you have Google Gears installed, you will be prompted to go “Turbo”. Accept or decline at will. If you DO NOT have Gears installed, you will not be asked to install it. This is a feature for Google Gears users only.