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Taking another look at Opera

The browser, not the art form.

A little while ago, some may recall that there was a bit of a brouhaha regarding Mozilla and its then CEO.  Out of all this, some people thought it would be a good idea to boycott the use of the Firefox browser.  It will come as little surprise to some of you that I think this was, not to put too fine a point on it, a truly idiotic idea on many different levels.

After the then CEO was made the no longer CEO, I then read someone who argued that it would be a good idea to boycott the use of the Firefox browser.  It will come as little surprise to some of you that I think this was, not to put too fine a point on it, if anything, an even more idiotic idea on many different levels.

However, out of all that silliness, I saw various listings of alternative browsers and was reminded of Opera.

The browser, not the art form.

I was one of the few people who ever used Opera (I used to joke that I was one of eight users), and it was almost entirely because it had the ability to save a ‘session.’

I tend to have anywhere between 8-14 browser windows open, each of which could have anywhere from 2-20 (yes, 20) tabs open.  Being able to maintain this ‘state’ across reboots, etc. is incredibly important.

Opera was the only browser that explicitly allowed you to save all open tabs.  But, at some point, other issues (mainly around memory management, that I can recall) made it harder to work with, so I switched to Firefox.

Ironically (or not), I have been increasingly annoyed at Firefox’s management (or lack thereof) of memory, the constant crashes, etc. and so I took another look at Opera.

The latest Opera does not seem to allow for the explicit saving of sessions, but overall, it is superior to Firefox for how I use it.

It should be said that the biggest problem is Adobe Flash.  It fucking sucks.  Totally fucking sucks.  A memory and CPU hog that absolutely totally fucking sucks.  It really needs to go away.

But, overall, if you want to be the 9th user of Opera, you should give it a look.

The browser, not the art form.

posted on Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:22 PM Print
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