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Opera gets some exposure

 2:48 am on Jan 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

Watching the news the other night on a major network when all of a sudden I had computer monitor flashbacks... Opera got a huge plug for being the fastest browser with some of the most unique and useful features.

... all on prime time!!

I just thought that was too cool! (finally)



 3:38 am on Jan 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've been recommending Opera to my friends. I use Opera 6, IE6, and NS6.2, I can launch Opera and NS6 simultaneously... while NS is still attempting to load all of the baggage... I am already surfing with Opera!

I am very impressed with the features the of Opera browser... It seems I find more all the time.

I believe Opera acceptance is going to make some big gains in the coming months. I would not be suprised to see it surpass NS6 by mid-year (or sooner!).

Great product... awesome browser!


 9:07 am on Jan 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have started to use opera a lot more, the handy features are just too cool to ignore.

But Opera 6 seems slower and if i use it for more than a few hours it crashes.


 9:21 am on Jan 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

Netcommr, do you remember the program, network?

>see it surpass NS6 by mid-year (or sooner!).

I think it already has.


 10:09 am on Jan 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

I didn't catch the TV story, but the Associated Press put out a nice piece on Dec 31. I read the AP story in The Boston Globe [boston.com].


 7:50 pm on Jan 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

Brett, I didn't really think to look at what channel I was on. I would guess it was CBS, but its possible it was NBC.


 11:29 pm on Jan 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

The word at the NG is that they're working on an all new rendering engine - which will support DOM2 of course. After that... Moz look out!


 11:44 pm on Jan 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

Browser stats from TheCounter.com: Opera is gaining but still far behind NS6 - IE6 is converting like crazy!

IE4 losing the most ground (to IE6) and NN4.x dwindling away "...I'm melting! Oh the misery!"

TheCounter.com broswer useage stats:

JAN 2002 [thecounter.com]

DEC 2001 [thecounter.com]

JUNE 2001 [thecounter.com]

JAN 2001 [thecounter.com]

The writing is on the wall for Netscape... or so it seems!

The Jan 2002 stats are based on 140 million visitors so far this month.



 2:09 am on Jan 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

This is good to hear. I just performed a Microsoft exorcism on my PowerMac, replacing IE and Outlook Express with Opera and Lotus Notes R5. The Opera 5 Beta for Mac has been running perfectly, and it's nice to see those folks get some recognition. More power to the masses!! :-)

Cheers all, and Happy New Year.


 2:21 am on Jan 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

I presume that most of the IE6 users are getting it bundled on new computers.

I'm wondering, are the OEMs preloading a Java VM before they ship the units to the retailers? I heard that most OEMs planned to do this.

Can anyone hazard a guess as to how many of the IE6 machines out there are Java-applet challenged?

I'll bet that not a whole lot of folks are bothering with the 5-meg download that MS offers. From my logs of a 3-meg download, I'd guess that most folks are either lacking the patience or the bandwidth to manage it.


 6:13 am on Jan 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

I can't find anything on this question.

I have this Java applet doing something on my site that nothing else can do. Before I wrote it in Java, it was an on-the-fly GIF plus an image map, but the Java has more interactivity than the old GIF. Last year I determined that only 11 percent of those who accessed the page weren't using Java. Therefore, I abandoned the GIF as too CPU-intensive and also unnecessary.

Then Bill comes along and gives Java the shaft. Now I'm getting nervous that this 11 percent will start creeping up as IE6 and XP begin polluting the market.

I guess I'll have to write some code to track the percentages that aren't using Java, and also determine how many of these deadbeats are IE6 users, so that I can get a sense of what the future portends.

Thanks a lot, Bill. The nine states want to make Bill put the Java back. Me too.


 8:07 am on Jan 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

I believe the counter.com does not track Opera correctly. Neither does Extreme Tracking.

Here is a site I visit a dozen times a month. (stats [extremetracking.com]). Notice how Opera 3 is tracked? Opera 3 was the last Opera version to use a pure "opera" agent string. I've been using Opera 4 through 6 since Dec 1, 1999. Where are the Opera 4-6 visits? They aren't there because Extreme tracking doesn't track Opera correctly.


 10:55 am on Jan 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

Mac version goes final:


 7:55 pm on Jan 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

Whoa, this link you provided shows Netscape to be nearly 25%, whereas the counter has it down near 4%. I don't think I quite understand the difference. I would have to sway more towards TheCounters results myself.


 6:02 pm on Jan 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Okay okay, above and beyond all the great things Opera does, what makes me warm and fuzzy inside is the Mouse Gestures. I can go back, and forward with a quick flick of the mouse while holding the RMB down... presto! I can surf nudies faster than my poor tattered retinas can process them... Hallelujah!



 10:07 pm on Jan 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

the BEST browser out there..........No security holes and FAST........just the best long live Opera

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