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12 January 2005 @ 03:26 pm
The Folgers Switch  
Well, I've finally done it.

After 6 years or so of using Opera, having purchased it back in the 4.x days and upgraded faithfully since then, I've moved on. I've installed FireFox.

I wanted to be die-hard Opera. I really did. I loved the speed, the no-frills install, the gesture-based browsing, the MDI windows. I loved the fact that I could use my capital to purchase a product that met my needs, rather than having to deal with the fray of the browser wars, where system integration and overloaded functionality were the rules.

But since Opera 6, things have been going downhill. Every time I upgraded, I'd find the post-install setup taking just a bit longer, as I had to disable more and more add-on features that were not only a required part of the install, but enabled by default. I found myself working in an ever more complex environment. And even when the preferences let you disable bells and whistles to a reasonable level, they were always there, lurking in the background...ready to spring to the fore with the brush of an accidental trigger-key. And the performance suffered accordingly.

So, I've moved on. I get a no-frills install again, and a zippy, easy-to-configure interface. And when I want extra functionality, like gesture-based browsing (folks, once you've used it a while, it's like broadband...you can't go back), I can add it via the handy extensions feature. I don't have a browser trying by default to serve my every whim anymore...I have one that'll let me browse, and will let me tell it specifically what else I would like it to do. I should be happy, and really, I am.

But some part of me still just hates it when a company that I've invested my money, time, and belief in decides to self destruct.
Current Mood: amusedamused
The Jaded Foxjadedfox on January 12th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Danger REALLY needs to find another partner, T-Mobile is destroying what was honestly the coolest Geek toy in a long time, they are turning into a dumbed down hiphop handheld. :/ A palmtop was something I wanted for a while, but yeah, I'm looking towards a new device as well.
Fiskfiskblack on January 12th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
I always delay major changes in my stuff. It doesn't help that I have my mail coming through Opera right now and I don't feel like setting up something else. But, I'm using an older version of Opera right now. I guess laziness has it's priveledges. Of course, I'm also using IE for pages that don't quite show up well or function in Opera.

Oh well. Aint broke, don't fix, etc.. etc..

Jay Naylor
Brendan: Light em up!roho on January 12th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kinda' wish I'd kept one or two of the older Opera installs around ;)
Laughing Colliecollie13 on January 12th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
We keep all ours, but I thought the old installs were free. Which one(s) did you want?
Brendan: Grinnin Foolroho on January 13th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
Hrm. I appreciate it, but I'll probably just stick with Firefox for now, now that it's installed. They seem to be going in a direction I like, while Opera is moving away :)
Rattus scientificusskorzy on January 12th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
As a Mac user, am thrilled and happy with Safari.

Though, Firefox is my secondary browser when I encounter the rare page that doesn't play nice with Safari.
neowolf2 on January 13th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
I may become a Mac user. That Mac Mini looks nice, and the Power chips are catching up with the x86s now that Intel has hit the wall.
Yotogiyotogi on January 13th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
It happened to me too, only it didn't really occur on purpose. When I started working here in the PBX office, the first day I noticed that the IE install on this workstation was, uh... how do I put this... different. It had been jacked by so many malware toolbars and add-ons that I no longer recognized it as a web browser. I couldn't even find a place to put a URL. A few iterations of Spybot S&D, a few visits to Windows Update and many reboots later, I decided I needed a quickly-downloaded alternative. Finding the Firefox to be slimmer, I grabbed it and found that it really grew on me. Good times.

Amen about the gestures, too. Every time you use the back button manually, God kills a Domo-kun.
Prester Scott: ennuiprester_scott on January 13th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
What is this "gesture-based browsing" you speak of?
Yotogiyotogi on January 13th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
The best thing to happen to web browsing since electrons.

Basically it's the association of various window and browser functions, eg. Forward, Back, Reload, or Minimize, Maximize, etc. to a specific mouse gesture. For example, holding the right mouse button down, and dragging to the left for "Back," and to the right for "Forward."

It sounds complicated on paper, but in practice, once you've tried it, it's such an elegant approach to navigation you never want to be without it.
Brendan: Dogma - Smirkroho on January 13th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
It lets you do most of the most common browsing actions by moving the mouse in a certain way, while holding one of the buttons. A typical setup would be something like:
Hold the right button, move the mouse left - Navigate back
Hold the right button, move the mouse right - Navigate forward
Hold the right button, move the mouse up then down - Refresh the current page

You also usually get what are called 'rocker gestures', which are just combinations of the mouse buttons. Usually:
Hold left, click right - Navigate forward
Hold right, click left - Navigate backward
Hold right, scroll the wheel - Alternate between browser pages.

It's really addictive, I find myself really thrown off when using IE and not having them anymore :) They're native to Opera, and I use the All-in-One Gestures extension for Firefox.
Yotogiyotogi on January 13th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one stricken with fear and confusion when IE presents its gimpy little context menu when you try to feed it a gesture.
The Captaincaptain18 on January 13th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
R.A. aka R.S.: TEH WINNAR SI ME!!radittsu on January 13th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
Argh Opera 7
My free Opera has been only recently giving me havoc trying to view images, something about 'access being denied'. I use it for playing my browser game, because Opera can use refresh without having to hit enter, and I now use Mozilla Firefox for viewing of images.
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on January 13th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
Myself, I'm sticking with 'normal' Mozilla. I tried FireFox. Really I did. For what differences it has from regular Mozilla, FireFox's user experience is (for me) horribly broken. That and I can't stand the name/logo. };>

Never tried Opera- as a Mac/Sun/Linux-PPC/Linux-PARISC(hppa) user, their support for my platforms of choice has been... wanting. };> I don't have too much use for gestures though as I have my key bindings. My hands are usually on the keyboard anyway and I can do all kinds of things before most other folks could have reached for the mouse. That wasn't meant to be risqé either. Seriously. }:>
duncandahusky on January 13th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
By the way, some great extensions to check out (if you don't already have them):
AdBlock - Hands down the BEST Firefox extension out there. I use this one on a daily, if not hourly, basis.
BBCode - Useful if you read/post to many PHPbb boards.
FLST - Focus Last Selected Tab. Purely a matter of taste, but I like this one a lot.
ieView - For those stubborn pages that just won't quite work with Firefox.
MapIt - A slick idea. Highlight an address in the text of a web page, right-click and choose "MapIt!" and you get a map of that address in Mapquest (if only it were smart enough to open the Mapquest page in another tab, but oh well).

That's a start, anyway!