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Also, I'd like to announce that I have discontinued the long standing Opera Fun section over on SearchEngineWorld.
Mozilla still breaks on alot of code I had working well for years, like changing images to display:block in tables, etc. It causes gaps for rounded corners and other problems. Plus Mozilla renders slow (please don't say get pheonix folks :) )
I also love the small screen simulation in opera 7 to test for palm pc's, the auto-refresh you can set for any window. Very handy stuff.
Looks like in the rush to get it out, they forgot to change all the version references.
Does anyone else have the final installed? Look at help:about, does this match? Version 7.0 Build 2637
Opera has expressed doubt about continuing to produce a browser for the Mac because of Apple's own launch of its Safari browser which is based on the open-source unix KHTML browser.
So maybe mozilla will be the last widely cross platform compatible browser.
i did like how it did some of the memory things that ie5/6 have. with saving passwords and what not.
i think i will stick with 6 though. seems to be a bit "lighter"
Given Opera's trend away from a user's browser, I don't think I will be upgrading.
Okay, I must have missed something too...
What do you mean by that, Brett? What do you have against Opera 7. I'm using the beta now, and I think it's one of the best browsers around -- works with almost every web site I've seen; much faster than IE. Seems like a winner to me.
Mozilla is a hog, slow and buggy.
I don't get it.
if "we" all stopped checking sites with the browsers and concentrated on putting pressure on MS to simply improve IE...we'd all win.
Do other browsers load pages 1/10th of a second faster...sure. Does it matter? No.
Is competition good? YES. But none of the browsers are any real threat to IE at all.
Just my opinion of course...
But none of the browsers are any real threat to IE at all.
They may not threaten the market share, but that is largely down to Microsoft's 'aggressive' marketing tactics. On a level playing field IE would fare much worse.
In terms of functionality, both Opera and Phoenix are better for me. I get more done quicker.
Am I alone in switching browsers to suit the task at hand?
If I want to open a 'shed load' of browser windows simultaneously (for example, when link-exchange hunting), Opera wins hands down.
When buying on-line and checking out my own site designs I am forced to use IE.
pressure on MS to simply improve IE...we'd all win.
M$ will release a browser that runs on my operating system over their own dead body, or when browsers are so old-hat and obsolete that they no longer care. If then.
And even if they did, I don't want it. I run the dang-blasted monster in an emulator just so I can test my pages. If I weren't writing HTML for the great unwashed masses, there's no way I'd have *any* proprietary web browser installed on my computer.
Of the two, though, Opera deffinitely causes the least pain. Customizing O7 a bit, I'm pretty happy with it so far. It at least competes with Mozilla, which is more than I can say for IE, which just sucks so badly I don't see how anyone can stand it.
They may not threaten the market share, but that is largely down to Microsoft's 'aggressive' marketing tactics.
No, it's because most people are perfectly happy with the browser, system utilities, network protocols, etc. that come with their operating systems--whether they're using Windows or any other OS.
Fact is, there's no compelling reason for the average computer owner to use Netscape, Opera, and other alternative browsers. Like Outlook Express, Windows Explorer, and Scandisk, IE is plenty good enough for most folks.
I have always enjoyed your comments. Your good nature is evident in the quality of work you do here.
Your cheerfulness and enthusiasm about Opera (as well as other Browsers) have encouraged me, and sold me on the merits of Opera. So much so, that I thought you were the PR man for Opera! And you always gave and honest and balanced review and comparison with the other Browsers.
In Opera Fun you provided insight, information, and resources not to be found anywhere else (even in the Opera pages). I benefited so much from your material that I was tempted to copy it all -- but, i said "No. It will always be here."
I am thus saddened by your decision to discontinue Opera Fun on SearchEngineWorld. And I am asking if you would reconsider. For you are respected for your knowledge and understanding, and your ability to communicate effectively both the negative and the positive. And it is extremely helpful to us to get all the potential out of our Browsers.
I am also excited about you idea of ADDING a Mozilla Fun site as well!
Thank you for your invaluable contributions,
..it's because most people are perfectly happy with the browser, system utilities, network protocols, etc. that come with their operating systems--whether they're using Windows or any other OS.
Awwww come on, did you miss some of the recent legal case.
Lets not confuse 'perfectly happy' with 'ignorance is bliss'.
Most Windows users are ignorant of the fact that their are better alternatives, and MS used questionable tactics to make sure it stayed that way.
Microsoft knew that many Windows users are not savvy enough to change their browser from the default. They used strongarm tactics to make sure that PCs were not being sold with alternative browsers present.
If joe public were sold PCs with alternative browsers installed (as used to be the case) then many would choose to dump IE.
I installed Mozilla on my girlfriend's PC. Neither her, nor her 8 year old daughter, wish to change back - and they are non-techy users.
Quote from 8 year old "its quicker and nicer"
Couldn't have put it better myself.
Speedwise, it seems SLOWER than IE. And not as lightning quick as Opera 6 was. But I need to do further tests.
One thing. Why do links now show up as tooltips? Even email links. It can mess up a menu and cause 'screen litter'. Why change the basic way browsers operate? (no pun intended.) Is Opera the new Microsoft?
IF IT WASN'T FOR OPERA I'D GO INSANE AS I WORK WITH THE WEB 24/7. We need a fast reliable browser that is truly cross platform (even PDAs)....
I think people have an open mind and can see alternatives (that's how google got big) or heads basically up Bill Gates A**E.