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My favorite browser - Opera

Uploaded: Aug 3, 2009
Check out Opera - it's becoming my favorite browser. Has your default browser changed in the last 6 months? Mine is still Firefox - but Opera is good for many sites - I wish more programmers would recognize it when they write code!


Here's how I use browsers on my PC with Vista:
1. Internet Explorer - this is my workhorse for complex or risky pages, but the security makes it fail to read good pages often

2. Firefox - used to be my favorite - and still is my default browser where I need rich functionality on complex pages, but it's a bit slow because I use add-ons

3. Opera - this is my latest and favorite browser - it has all of the features I use in Google Chrome and is much more robust - it's on release 9. It's faster than Firefox or IE - so I have that open in a window for quick research and rapid news scanning. I like the way you can type a search term into the URL field - as you can in Chrome. I like the default page with miniatures of my favorite pages.

4. Safari - I tried this and it's about the same speed as Opera - I use it on my Mac and iPhone as the default browser - it reads most pages - but it's not compelling.

5. Google Chrome - is a work in progress and lacks features. I understand simplicity, but it's just too minimal. I had to add a "send link in the mail" script -I can't believe that this is still not a standard feature. I hate using the email buttons on pages as they don't have names from my address book pre-loaded. So I always send the link in a browser - sometimes running it through a program that shortens the link.

Someone asked me if the browsers interfere with each other - the general answer is no. However, if you have too many windows open and a lousy graphics system then the system may freeze until you close a window. Another situation can arise where two browsers want to use the same file and it's locked - but that's a very, very rare event - it's only happened to me once.

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Posted by Dave, a resident of another community,
on Aug 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm

How about you try out Ti-Took as well. It's fast, very fast and with many more features for personal browsing.


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Posted by Angela Hey, Mountain View Voice Blogger,
on Aug 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Angela Hey is a registered user.

Thanks for the lead to Ti-Took. I really like it when readers send me links to new software. I downloaded it from Web Link. I see it's based on Google's Chromium and hails from Canada.

So far it's installed pretty fast. It searched Google OK too! How does the social networking work - Dave maybe you can tell us. I haven't time to investigate thoroughly.

For sure, I don't need yet another social networking site - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace are enough!

There are some interesting features to Ti-Took - Ti-Yoo, etc. so maybe someone can enlighten us.


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Posted by marc isaac potter, a resident of Shoreline West,
on Oct 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

.... thank you Angela, i may try Opera browser ...


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