So scientists, at least I’m assuming he’s a scientist – which could be dangerous, are not reporting that someday we may be able to use nanotechnology to gain immortality. Basically we could use tiny nanobots to do what our body naturally does, except better. It would enable us to avoid “transcription errors” in our DNA – which brings to mind the glitches you get on your computer when you leave mozilla running too long – thereby keeping us young forever as well as fighting most common diseases. It’s a pretty neat idea and I’m in as long as Microsoft and Sony aren’t. Last thing I need is some legacy code or DRM messing with my motor skills and I start spastically slapping myself.
As for Opera, I found a recent article that talks about how designers can edit their pages in real time and see the results using Opera 9.0. I haven’t had a lot of time to use Opera, but from what I have I’m fairly impressed. It has all the good features of Mozilla – including some additional ones built in that are extensions in Mozilla – as well as neat features like zooming and the ability to render the page you’re viewing as a text browser would – great for improving the accessibility of the site you’re designing and/or improving the SEO. The best part is of the 3 major browsers, it’s the fastest I’ve seen. Unfortunately there’s 2 problems. One is probably user error – some of the pages I’ve designed come out a little funky. I believe this to be because Opera renders the box model correctly but also reads some of the IE hacks I use – or vice versa. I did upgrade to 9 and most of this went away, so that’s a good sign. Two is the bigger problem. Only about 2% of the web users out there use it. That’s on average, and if your site or blog is about the web, especially cutting edge web technology, it’s likely much higher. But it’s still disappointing. With IE7 not looking like it’s going to fix many of the major bugs – and no real explanation why not – I almost wish they would just use all that money they’re raking in, buy Opera and plug it into Vista. But that will never happen.
Another interesting stat on that is that 5% of users still use IE5. Which leads me to believe they either can’t afford to upgrade their computer or they live in a cave. I’m hoping for a day that all users will have a CSS2 (or 3) compliant browser and designing will be a lot easier. But, not too easy, sometimes I feel I’m one good copy of Dreamweaver from being obsolete.
Random Tidbit: An interesting story about the PS3 being make or break for Sony. I had a blog recently about my thoughts on this matter. The more I hear about PS3 the more I think I’m not going to buy one. I think I’ve become an Xbox man. Which is very, very depressing when you think about it. I think I’ll just lie and say I own only the Wii…
4 thoughts on “So you wanna live forever (or Opera is the best browser no one’s heard of)”
Yes Opera is great. I wrote a vague review of it last week on my blog.
Its definitely my preferred browser and far exceeds Firefox and IE7 – both of which are too sluggish as far as I am concerned.
Forgot to mention, while Opera is usually very fast, I find using it with my WordPress blog dashboard its quite slow – just installed Vista today and the Vista IE7 loads the dashboard very quickly. Maybe the macromedia flash plugin is not as good in Opera as it is in Vista IE7. Or maybe it is a CSS problem I don’t know.
Some interesting points becs, thanks for the comments. You also left a link to your blog, but I think a link to your Opera review is deserved as well.
Thanks. Its not a great review but it points out some of the more interesting aspects of the browser. Its a shame it is sluggish on the dashboard, perhaps I should email Opera and point it out to them. Maybe there is a rendering issue or something.
Do you have sluggishness on the dashboard? Vista IE7 spits it out in a split second, I was quite amazed at how fast it loaded when I logged in today.
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