This ensures that any referenced pages are pre-cached, and any required DNS lookups are completed, to minimise the effects of DNS delays.
Then I load use Google image search to search for three more words (pine, red, stone - don't blame me for the results that come up, I wasn't expecting them either), and I use the average load time of these three pages.
NYTimes, you may wish to note that this is a site where I publish research articles, tutorials, and scripts. Most people are aware of which major browser fails on three of these, but one of them is still open for grabs. Many organisations and users try to claim that their browser is the fastest.
The Opera site claims that Opera is (although they failed to show any results for Opera, and their charts fail to show results for pages that contain images).
And please, those of you whose browsers did not perform as well as you had hoped, just accept it. I feel no need to tailor tests or alter results to make a browser appear better or worse than it actually is.
I thank you for your attention, and I am very happy that you found this article interesting or useful enough to read.
However, it really does not need you to post it yet again - all you will do is eat my bandwidth, and I ask you not to do that. Browsers compete on many fronts; security, standards support, features and speed.
With Browsers that also offer email or news features, I enabled these clients, but did not have any email or news items in them (some of them may perform differently if they did, but that is not what I was trying to test).
The idea was to find out the fastest browser(s) at performing the major tasks that browser engines are expected to perform. But they do give a very good idea of how each browser would cope in each type of situation.