I recently blogged about my concerns over Hotaru's loading speed, but before I attempt Jon's suggestions of using Expires Headers and gzip, I thought I'd run some tests to see exactly what is consuming those valuable microseconds.
The first thing to note is the total time:
22 Jan 2010 12:52:22: INDEX TEMPLATE START - 1264132342.8745
22 Jan 2010 12:52:23: INDEX TEMPLATE END - 1264132343.9985
It took about 1.12 seconds which is well over my desired time