Hello old friend

Well, I’ve just done something unexpected: I installed Opera on my workstation.  It has the operating systems default (a red dinosaur) and Google Chrome setup, which I have used since I got tired of diving into Firefox only for Firebug. In practice, I find Chrome’s stuff to be equally useful to me.

Now, why did I install opera? Generally I like to keep my environment pretty much the same; a look at my shell profile would make that obvious. At home, Chrome has developed an odd problem on my desktop, Dahlia. No sound plays: be it from Flash or Silverlight. Haven’t tried anything else, since e.g. WMV and QuickTime seem to have died out in the last lustrum (good riddens QuickTime!).

So, I am considering replacing Chrome with Opera as my defacto standard browser, as much as I love Chrome, do I really like openning another browser whenever I want sound? If you say try Firefox (or relation there of) I will find where you are and unplug your Internet with a vengeance. The only other browser Dahlia has is Internet Explorer 9; which is actually a nice enough browser to use but doesn’t even meet my criteria as well as Mozilla.

Pluses for Opera:

  • We’re old friends: I used to use Opera 8.5 – early 9.x as my daily surfer.
  • It’s stable, tried, true, and reliable.
  • I use Opera Mobile on my Androids.
  • It’s not the fattest ass at the track, *cough*.
  • Tomorrows staple feature is usually probably be todays Opera feature.


  • Some moron developers treat Opera like a deranged step brother.
  • Silverlight isn’t officially supported, but probably works.

I find it startling how much alike Opera Mobile and Opera is. All that is really missing is more advanced settings, and ‘lesser’ used features like gesture support (cool) and panels.

We’ll see what happens but I’ll give the experiment a go. Something that especially interests me, it seems that Opera Dragonfly is more or less the same thing as what Chrome has, plus “Opera Turbo” may be a viable option. At work, things can get really congested on the network, especially the wired one my desk switch, workstation, and test units mate with. So WiFi is usually the only way to browse to Internet resources – Opera Turbo might help with the network spikes, so I’ve got it set to automatic here, at home I won’t need it.

Opera Turbo is a function that feeds data through a proxy server for compression, all that means to normal people is that if your computer is older than petrified dog shit or you’re on a slow network, you get faster page loads. The privacy issue doesn’t bother me much, not at work. No one is watching closely AFAIK but there’s little to find past e.g. editing my calendar.