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The Shiny red O

Recently I got sick of the speed of my comp. So i decided to cut down on some programs...and of all the things that could be managed, Firefox and Winamp ae definitely the only applications I can do without - oters being work files (upto 12 excel sheets and lotus and some other Moffice app at any point)
Now both these programs are something that run all day long on my comp. yes, winamp may be paused or stopped on ocassion, but rarely is firefox and my mail site therein given a break. So, it was time for an update I decided.
Change being the only constant, it was time to change my browser. So I tried Opera. Goodwill of the IT deptt permitting i was able to download the browser setup, and since then have gladly been using it.

A refreshing change from Firefox, it is more spcious to look at, to say the least. My greatest fear - learning new shortcuts - was laid at rest. It is mostly like Firefox, and somewhat like Maxthon. Simply put, its easy to use. The new face gives a refreshing look, and it definitely is lighter than Mozzi.
I dint even have to import my favourites list - it did so automatically, and if I had a separate mouse, Id have loved to try out the in-built mouse gestures.
The most striking difference is what you see when the window is minimised. In firefox I never liked the confused convoluted dragon-like/ fireball-like symbol. Here, a simple bright red "O" with light shining off it is not only simple and clean, its also energising. The shadow behind it gives it an air of solidity without overcrowding the eye. It gives the idea of a light ribbon... of a light program, while at the same time something metallic and futuristic.

As of now, Im enjoying the Opera experience (two days old). The pages look better on it, the buttons on webpages are given a definition which is very different from the bareness in Firefox and the no-fuss of IE. They look cleaner, and at the same time better defined (slight shadows and 3-d look I think), the pages load faster, and the indicators on the search bar show progress of photo loading too.

What am I raving about...many of you must have tried it already, but I dint for some time because I couldnt download anything in my prev orgn. It was a freak I could do so here, and Hell do I like the change! :)
Opera, it is!


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( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
23rd Nov, 2006 05:08 (UTC)
I periodically restart Firefox
Cos it's a big fat memory hog. Other than that..can't live without Greasemonkey and several other extensions.
That being said-Opera has the fastest n best image rendering engine.
23rd Nov, 2006 06:32 (UTC)
Re: I periodically restart Firefox
yeah but i dont like to shut down n restart...means opening so mnay tabs again.
and i dont really use greasemonkey.
using both occassionally tho
23rd Nov, 2006 05:17 (UTC)
the big shiny red O.. i like it as well :), eats less memory, the other day my firefox had eaten close to 560MB of RAM and my system hung, problem with the way it caches, unfortunately opera isnt very good at handling web 2.0 sites yet..but we can live with that.
23rd Nov, 2006 06:34 (UTC)
Re: lol!
yeah. can live with that. but using tab to skip fields is a slight problem here it seems
23rd Nov, 2006 06:36 (UTC)
Re: lol!
PS - pls note that i did NOT use "big" in conjunction with "shiny red O"
6th Dec, 2006 10:29 (UTC)
The title of the post seems to be inspired from "Cosmopolitan" or "Femina"
Thankfully the post doesnot :D

6th Dec, 2006 10:32 (UTC)
Re: Errr...
are you sure you want to say "thankfully"?? ;)
7th Dec, 2006 03:30 (UTC)
Re: Errr...
Yes JM... "thankfully"!
It would have been scandalizing to see a "young" person like you writing on topics inspired by Femina / Cosmo.
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