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Thursday, May 13, 2004

I just have to say that Opera RULES! The latest version (7.50) is out and UW-Madison owns a site-license now, so I can legally obtain the non-ad version. Although I haven't used it much since I've upgraded, I have already noticed a speed increase (even on my slow computer). One thing I didn't like was the Hotlist change, which only closed part of the panel when F4 is pressed, but I was able to customize the keyboard shortcut to my liking. I know many of you are IE fans, but for real websurfers, you must migrate away from the simple built-in standard browser that comes with Windows (which only serves the purpose of displaying the Windows Update site) to adopt a flexible, fast, easy to use browser.


  1. Anonymous4:05 AM and your opera. maybe i'll give it another shot.

  2. A flexible, fast browser that continues to incorrectly render a good percentage of websites. The problem here is not Opera's ability to follow standards, it does that just fine... it's the fact that Opera doesn't *create* standards. While Microsoft continues to implement new features in IE, Opera struggles on their heels to follow suit. Yeah, maybe these commands or non-standard formats aren't exactly W3C legal, but who cares? Isn't the purpose of web pages to convey information in the easiest way possible? I for one couldn't give a damn whether or not the page I'm looking at is syntactically correct... as long as it renders fine in my browser, sign me up. Don't get me wrong, I in no way support Microsoft's bulky Frontpage extensions, etc; a larger page to convey the same information is by no means better, regardless of the browser used.

  3. ae2k is right to some extent; I was not happy when I realized that Opera would not even let me log into gmail successfully. Opera abides by W3C standards, which unfortunately restricts compatibility to sites that do not follow them, or decides to try a new feature that has not been approved by the standards committee yet. However, for me and many other Opera users, the solid integration of features (which is what Firefox lacks with its extensions), performance, and customizability has kept and will continue to keep me a dire fan of their product.