Current version: Opera 6.05
Browsers. This item has become the staple of many in these, the days of
the Internet and the World Wide Web, with importance ranking right up
there with comfortable toilet paper, (although you do not generally "use
up your last roll" of browser, a little something to be thankful for)... A
good many of us don't much care what we use, as long as it gets the job
done. For the most part, that is my philosophy: if it works, use it. If it
craps on you, kick the $#!t out of it, scream and curse, wad it into a
ball, and punt it into the recycle bin. That said, you may well understand
why I view IE with a leery eye, having run it in conjunction with Win95B.
After the umpteenth crash which required a reboot, I used Netscape and was
happy. Two years later, the upgrade itch starts burning again. Granted,
Netscape was far from perfect. I wouldn't consider using anything but
Navigator; Communicator likely spawned from the same bug-demon infested
pit that spewed out the filth that is IE, what with its nasty email, news,
and whatchamacallit readers.
So, that said, when Navigator bit it
yet again on the third attempt to load a page, I said, "screw it", and
bought a copy of the only other alternative (aside from the not-ready-yet
Mozilla) I could think
The table below is a running tally of things both good and bad I've seen
when using Opera.
- Seems to render pages at least as fast as
- Does not need scroll bars to scroll windows that do not all fit on the
- Has some spiffy download speed gauges.
myriad of options to play with that, while not quite as nicely laid out as
Navigator's, are a world and a half easier to access and change than the
- It has some interesting cookie filters, more than just the regular
yes/no/ask options, as well as an option that appears to delete all "new"
cookies upon exit.
- It opens new browser windows within its own window! I love this!
Within Opera, they stay safetly contained within the main Opera
- If indeed Opera *does* crash (which happened a handful of times over
the past few months), when it is restarted, it asks if you want to return
to the state it was in before the "interruption". Quite nice, going
right back to all your web sites even after a rare crash.
- There is an option to
disallow a window from spawning a new one! Kick ass! (Due to my own site
design, I keep that option off... for now.)
- When viewed with Opera, my site looks as it should.
- Costs $39USD.
- Some tables seem to load differently than with Netscape/IE... (I'll
look more into this later, but as it is now, it's a con. Or a bug in the
It doesn't seem to autocomplete URLs that you type into the
(although I spazzed out and smacked the F2 key, which appears to function
as a normal Navigator "Go" box would.. just type part of it and smack the
down arrow key. It's an extra keystroke tho, so it's a con.)
- Its learning curve is steeper than average. It's a con moreso than a
pro, but RTFM. (Replaced above item with this one.)
Uh, that's about it.. for now. If I come across anything new, I'll
outline it here.
Netscape beats IE (if NN crashes, my OS doesn't.)
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