cloud hosting, not lightning fast

Toronto, 2017.03.01

I did some speed testing and discovered that AWS and Google are slow at serving fonts. I'd had Google hosting the font (Open Sans) used on this website for some years. Using, I determined that loading just that one font was adding about 200ms to my page load time.

So I downloaded the font from Google using, and put a modified version of the CSS that that tool produced onto my AWS S3 slice along with the only font file I really use.

This resulted in equal page load times.

Concerned, I put the CSS and a single font file on my site's native server (on Now I'm seeing load times of 30ms for the font.

And as a bonus? No mysterious Google .js loads, doubtless tracking my visitors.

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On the endless saga of Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto; "It shouldn’t have had to come to this. I’m so tired of getting up every morning and wondering, 'What will it be today?' I’m so tired of giving the benefit of the doubt again and again, only to be let down again and again. . . . Somewhere a responsible adult has to appear, draw a bright moral line, tell the truth and say unequivocally what won’t be tolerated. Somebody has to do the right thing."

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