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Giving Opera browser a try

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For a couple of weeks I’ve been having some problems with Firefox, especially annoying when working with many applications at once, completely slowing down my computer showing 90%+ CPU usage figures, even when idle… a bug for sure, but one that I can not stand anymore. I didn’t want to look around for possible fixes (I did but not for long – with no success – Deer Park Alpha seems to fix this but still too buggy to rely on completely), so I decided this would be a good time to give Opera 8.01 a good big try.

In the past I had only looked at the platform and used it for a limited amount of time, and while I liked it a lot, it seemed like it didn’t justify the move. But now I will use it as my main browser and who knows, maybe it’ll be bye-bye to Firefox and IE this time.

Written by Julio Franco

July 5th, 2005 at 3:06 am

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  1. Hmm… only 2 minutes later, I’m starting to find annoying bugs in Opera, oh well!


    5 Jul 05 at 3:11 am

  2. I’ve installed it a while back, but I just don’t really like the look of it. Might help if you mess around with the “Identify as” option though.


    5 Jul 05 at 5:56 am

  3. It works better when it identifies as IE for sure. Also, its looks can be modified to a blander Windows alike interface, that’s a skin included in the original package so no need to look for skin replacements for that purpose.


    5 Jul 05 at 12:58 pm

  4. Never got the hang of Opera. I also get that problem with FF sometimes using up quite a lot of CPU & it seems to be because of Flash banners. When I get that problem, I look at the tabs/windows with large animated banners & close them. CPU usage always goes down to normal usage once I find the culprit. ;-)


    5 Jul 05 at 6:19 pm

  5. That’s where Flashblock comes in handy :)


    6 Jul 05 at 2:21 am

  6. Does anybody know what’s Opera equivalent to Ctrl + enter?

    Still taking some pain from the transition but I’m liking Opera’s speedy way of doing things.


    6 Jul 05 at 3:48 pm

  7. Ctrl + alt + Shift + N. I just right click and choose the “duplicate” button. :p

    (Unless we are talking about completely different commands.)


    6 Jul 05 at 5:45 pm

  8. Woah. What was I thinking with that last post? Nevermind!


    6 Jul 05 at 5:45 pm

  9. i added a couple checkboxes on the bottom of opera to help with annoying webpages. one of them is plug-ins disable, which eliminates all flash ads, i also have java and javascript for really annoying pages. i am no longer at the mercy of webdesigners. i don’t think i’ll ever go back to anyother browser.


    7 Jul 05 at 10:40 am

  10. I was a dedicated Maxthon user, but am using Opera more and more. Maxthon is starting to collect dust.


    7 Jul 05 at 7:24 pm

  11. I have used Opera faithfully since 7.1 I really like it. Its got an incredibly good tab browsing interface. My only complaints are some pages like banks and credit cards don’t like to use Opera.

    I tried using Opera at work but something with how the comps are set up here doesn’t get along with Opera at all.

    So I tried FF (for the about the 40th time) and it would crash 2-3 times before noon, so I couldn’t have that. I noticed how poorly it handled tabs and windows too.

    So I switched to Deer Park Alpha 1, and until I had to reboot a few days ago I had had it up for over a week opening new tabs and occationally a window if I forgot to middle click, and I had 0 crashes or freezes.

    If Opera wasn’t so awesome for me on my home machines, I’d consider using Deer Park at least a little bit.


    11 Jul 05 at 8:22 am

  12. Also I forgot that if you accidentally close a tab, its sitting over there in the trash at the far end of the address bar. Very handy little feature.


    11 Jul 05 at 8:23 am

  13. ctrl-alt-z would open the last closed tab.


    27 Jul 05 at 5:44 pm

  14. I have problems logging into my gmail and google groups account while using Opera, but otherwise it beats all other browsers (including the Opera wannabe Firefox!)


    28 Jul 05 at 11:24 pm

  15. It’s not that Opera works better when Identify as IE is on. It’s that some sites really don’t like Opera and use specific code like:

    if (IE) then {}
    else if (Netscape) then {}
    else if (Gecko) then {}
    else {use text only}

    I’ve used Opera since 6.0 and never looked back.


    6 Sep 05 at 4:09 am

  16. Opera freezes when playing yahoo chess. It happen when i resize chess board any idea how to fix?


    23 Oct 07 at 10:31 pm

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