Web Browsers: Opera 9.

Web Browsers: Opera 9.

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    Web Browsers: Opera 9.

    Big Firefox user... just switched to Opera 9 beta. Much much better.
    Firefox has a memory issue which can lead to slowdowns and crashes if you use the internet a lot.
    Opera has no such issues. Cleaner, faster, less cartoony. And this is just the beta release. I've switched.


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    On Opera too George but last time I upgraded things were not too stable - cleaned up and went back to 7.23.

    Reluctant to change yet and I guess always leary of beta's - but good to know you like it. Report back after a while if it is still behaving well.
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    Well, I've been using it for 3 days now... and I've not had a single glitch with it yet. Not a one. The version 8 had some issues for me too, but not this 8.5 and not this beta of 9.

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    Sounds good George - tell me the same in two more weeks and I could well be in for an upgrade!
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    Been using Opera at least part of the time for about 7 years. Version 8.5 has eliminated most of the problems that I have had at various times over the years. I'm like you Chris I don't normally do Betas, but if George continues to have a good experience with it I may give it a try.
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    Ahh - back safe then George?

    Good to see you and expect you'll be picking up the SIG soon!
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    I can't give up IE yet. I've used Firefox and Opera but neither seems to be as fast, on my machines anyway, as the tried and true. I have tried those browsers on 3 different machines and they just did not seems as quick or as problem free for what I do with the internet. I know they are good browsers, just not the right fit for me.

    I'm testing the IE7 beta on my laptop and it looks pretty nice so far....
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    For those who are still using IE or Firefox / Netscape below are links to a frontend that makes both much more user friendly. The big advantage is the tabbed browsing ability. In IE this is a tremendous speed improver since IE reloads an additional app each time another window opens. With the tabbed browsing only one app loads and all the windows are accessible by clicking the tabs. The IE version of the program is called Avant Browser and the Mozilla Firefox/Netscape version is Dr. Orca. Both are free, donations accepted. I have been using Avant for over 4 years and love it. I have been playing with Dr. Orca since it was in Beta and it is almost identical in look and feel to Avant. Both are very good. Give them a try.

    Avant Browser is ver. 10.2 build 51. The author updates frequently.

    http://www.avantbrowser.com/

    One note on Dr. Orca. It is not released yet. The version to download is osetup1_0_RC3.exe which is Release Candidate 3. It is very stable, but still has some development to be done.

    http://avant.it-mate.co.uk/?c=Download&f=Dr_Orca
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    The 9Beta is still running strong and I've not had a lick of trouble or any hint of a problem. Solid, stable, and I've not had any problems with my online banks and credit cards... or any other online commerce. Including going into a Barns and Nobles and hopping on their wifi system that "requires" IE.
    I know some guys have had trouble with the Pocket PC versions of Opera, but this one for the desktop is reliable and fast. I don't know about it being faster, but since there is no memory leak issues it wont slow down after continual use like FF will.

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    Good to know George (H), and re the other variants from other George - thx too for the mention on those.
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    Firefox has some silly default settings for most uses that really need to be changed. A few minor tweaks will make it much faster for most people's normal useage.

    1. Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

    network.http.pipelining
    network.http.proxy.pipelining
    network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

    Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

    2. Alter the entries as follows:

    Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"

    Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"

    Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

    3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.


    If you're not one who likes to poke around, there's a firefox plugin named 'FasterFox' that makes these tweaks, as well as several other performance enhancements.

    No opera for me. I'm an open-source kinda guy, I'll stick to GNU licensed software as much as possible.
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    I like open source stuff too. But free is just fine with me as well.

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    I'll second or third that 9 beta is a lot more stable than the 8 release. They updated fortnightly on beta releases too. I liked firefox and all, but everything I really liked about it Opera does better.

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    Still going great on two different computers. Not a problem yet.

    There is one little thing... not really a problem just a question. How the freak do I tell Opera I want to use Thunderbird as my email client?

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Hill
    There is one little thing... not really a problem just a question. How the freak do I tell Opera I want to use Thunderbird as my email client?
    George, under tools choose Preferences. Then choose Advanced. Click on programs, highlight mailto, click edit, then choose Open with another application. Browse for Thurnderbird, choose it, click OK and OK. That should do it.

    I have been trying 9 some today and think it is an improvement over 8.5. I'll know a little more as I get to put it through its paces.
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