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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!

    Julio

    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.

    Thomas

    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.

    Julio

    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. ;-)

    Didou

    5 Jul 05 at 6:19 pm

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

    Thomas

    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.

    Julio

    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.)

    Mikael

    6 Jul 05 at 5:45 pm

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

    Mikael

    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.

    tb

    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.

    Harry

    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.

    sngx1275

    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.

    sngx1275

    11 Jul 05 at 8:23 am

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

    Sushubh

    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!)

    Mitul

    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.

    Rocky

    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?

    back

    23 Oct 07 at 10:31 pm



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