Zzzzzzzzz….

Puppies sleeping
Lots of work.

New baby.

Etc.

Wandering electrons… but not too far is now officially in sleep mode.

Just the same, do feel free to explore what’s already here, and all my best!

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Opera pre-alpha 10.5 raises the bar

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In case you haven’t yet heard, Opera has released a pre-alpha of the upcoming version 10.5 of their desktop browser.

This version will have the new Carakan ECMAScript/JavaScript engine and a new graphics library called Vega, among other nifty additions, such as private browsing.

And as new versions of Opera often do, it’s going to raise the bar on what is considered to be good performance.

Here are a few recent articles:

At Opera Labs: “Opera 10.5 pre-alpha for Labs

At the Opera Developer Network: “Opera 10.5 Pre-Alpha build released. Here is what’s new…

At Opera Core Concerns: “Carakan Revisited” (precisions on the Carakan engine)

At BetaNews: “The once and future king: Test build of Opera crushes Chrome on Windows 7

At Lifehacker: Opera 10.5 Pre-Alpha is All About Speed (and Private Browsing)

At OSNews: “Opera 10.5 Pre-Alpha — Now That’s More Like It!

And of course a Google/Yahoo!/Bing/Ask/etc. search will find even more info.

Important reminder: We’re talkin’ PRE-ALPHA here. Downloading it at this point is not for the weak of heart and could even cause problems in your computer. If you nevertheless want to give it a spin, there’s a link in the Opera Labs post.

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BBC discusses Opera’s US challenge

The BBC published an article today on Opera and it’s strange difficulty penetrating the American market: Opera browser bids for America

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The Peregrine has landed! Opera 10 released

Version 10 of the Opera web browser was released today. Here are a few links to introduce you to the latest and greatest web-surfing innovation out of Norway.

First the video:

This video of course just scratches the surface of what Opera can do. There are a few new features that were not mentioned in the video. Notably Opera now has a built-in spell-checker, automatic updating and a re-sizable search box, three features that had been widely requested in the Opera forums. You can read about these features and others, including the 40% increase in surfing speed, on this link:

Turbocharge your Web experience with Opera 10

Or for the complete list of what’s new in version 10, even the super-techy things like its perfect acid3 results, check out the change log:

Opera 10 for Windows changelog

Remember, Opera for the desktop is totally free and totally add-free, and has been for years.

If you haven’t already discovered “the other alternative browser”, be sure to download it today to see what you’ve been missing!

Opera Browser main download page (gives an overview of features as well)

Opera browser for operating systems other than Windows (Mac, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris and still more (some of these may still be in beta))

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Bravo Barney Frank

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The Opera browser is today’s featured article on Wikipedia


It is well-known that I am a big fan of the Opera web browser (or check out the version 10 beta!). I even have a blog more-or-less completely dedicated to it (whose posting activity, as is the case here as well, is suffering from my ever-increasing workload).
An Opera Forums member pointed out that the Wikipedia article on the Opera browser is today’s featured article on the English Wikipedia front page.
What a great opportunity to learn more about the other alternative browser!

EDIT: And while we’re on the subject of Opera, I just reddited upon an interview with Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, the company’s co-founder and CEO, on the NPR website. Von Tetzchner explains his take on the future of Opera, notably as concerns the Unite platform and web-based applications…
Opera: A Survivor Whose Time Has Finally Come?

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Opera tips and tricks: On-the-fly drag to scroll

I was just replying to victorxstc2’s request for a feature that would allow click and drag, i.e., moving a document about in the window by clicking on it then dragging, like you can do in Adobe Reader.

In fact this option exists in Opera and can be set permanently via the Opera settings menu, by turning on “Scroll Is Pan” under “User Prefs”.

But it’s not particularly practical, because doing so makes it virtually impossible to choose text by clicking and dragging.

So I started playing around with keyboard combinations to see if click and drag could be done on the fly, that is, without changing the setting in opera:config.

And Eureka! it can!

The magic formula is: Ctrl+Alt+normal mouse click and drag the page about to your heart’s content.

Handy!

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