One second faster on Mac!
fman 0.4.9 is out. It now starts one second faster on a 2014 MacBook Pro!
I wish I could say that this speed up was afforded by ingenuity and hard work. But no. It's more of a case of "be less stupid".
For lack of better options (or so I thought), I had developed a library to measure execution time in the Python programming language. I mentioned it in a thread on Hacker News. Another user pointed out that Python already has this functionality built-in. Playing around with it for two minutes unearthed a way to achieve the speedup. Nice!
To be fair, hardly any time has been spent on making fman faster so far. The main reason is that other things such features and bug fixes have been more important. There are certainly other low-hanging fruit for making fman faster. But all in due course! For now, enjoy the first stage of fman's improved performance :-)