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« on: August 30, 2005, 04:32:15 PM »

Today is the Opera browser's 10th anniversary and the company is giving away free registrations for the ad-free version.  You can register your email at this address (this works for you Linux freaks too)

http://my.opera.com/community/party/reg.dml

and you get a free code to put in the browser you can download here:

http://www.opera.com/download/

The offer ends tonight at 12am.
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2005, 05:28:16 PM »

I was just going to post this.  Good find!

The registration site is getting hit pretty hard but I waited about 5-10 minutes and it worked for me.

Posting from Opera right now!  ninja
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2005, 05:30:24 PM »

What's so special about Opera? Never heard of it.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2005, 05:43:44 PM »

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What's so special about Opera? Never heard of it.


It is one of the three big browsers held over from the 90s (IE, Netscape, and Opera).  It is known for being one of the fastest and most standards compatible browsers.  It was the first browser to have tabbed-browsing and customizable features among many other things.  While it has a pretty low market share right now, Opera has a following that borders on cultish.  There are two versions of Opera: a ad-driven one and a pay one.  Today, they are giving away the pay one.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2005, 05:44:34 PM »

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What's so special about Opera? Never heard of it.

Before Firefox came out, it was the best browser.  Tabbed browsing and all that jazz.  Some people prefer it to Firefox, but the current Opera interface isn't my favorite cup of tea.
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2005, 06:49:23 PM »

They would have to pay me money to switch from IE.  Better the devil I know and cannot uninstall than the devil I don't know which will become another attack vector.

Besides, I installed Opera on a test machine about four years ago, and it f#&@%ed that machine up bigtime.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2005, 07:58:50 PM »

Ok-I did it-its a cool promotion, and I might use it from time to time. I am not a huge fan of Opera, but maybe that is from the version that had ads-it annoyed me. I will give this a try smile
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2005, 08:38:10 PM »

I'll stick with the 'completely free from the beginning' Firefox, thank you very much. biggrin

Still, it's a cool thing to do for those Opera users out there.
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2005, 09:24:46 PM »

I like Opera, but it still gives me problems with certains sites like MLB.com and the drag down menus. frown
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2005, 09:43:13 PM »

Woo hoo for Opera!  I've got mine paid for already.  Now if they would just release their java-based browser for cell phones.  It's free in their native country but not available here yet...
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2005, 11:57:43 PM »

Just DL'd and installed it. Figured why not? Besides, I keep expecting Zaxxon to pop in and scream about how all of us are living in fantasy land for not switching to Opera years ago. slywink
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2005, 02:28:43 AM »

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Just DL'd and installed it. Figured why not? Besides, I keep expecting Zaxxon to pop in and scream about how all of us are living in fantasy land for not switching to Opera years ago. slywink


Yep, I was just thinking the same thing. Zaxxon has serious Opera love.
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2005, 03:48:16 AM »

i'm not sure how much i'll actually use Opera, but i installed it for now just to give it a shot.  the fact that you normally have to pay for an ad-free version of Opera was the reason i went with Firefox when i made the decision to get away from IE.  i've been very happy with Firefox for a while now, and it will take a lot to convince me it's worth switching again...
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2005, 09:27:09 AM »

I've been using Opera for a while now.  I like it best of all browsers but I've noticed something amusing.

When I first switched to Firefox(back when it was Firebird or something like that),  a bunch of sites worked with IE but not FF.  So I'd wind up using IE for the couple of websites that required it.

Since I switched to Opera, I've found that a few sites work fine with IE or FF but not with Opera.  So I wind up using FF for sites that Opera has trouble with, then using IE for sites that Opera AND FF have trouble with.

It's a crazy world I tell ya!
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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2005, 11:52:20 PM »

I used to use opera when I was looking for something other than IE.  I noticed some sites weren't loading properly (like gamespot) and some dropdown menus weren't working.

Other than that, I really liked it.  And then firefox came out and I switched over.
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« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2005, 03:04:06 AM »

If you like the enhancements (like tabbed browsing, mouse gestures), you can always check out Maxthon.  It uses IE as a base, so you aren't installing another browser.  Only one browser-based attack vector that way.
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« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2005, 05:47:52 AM »

I like Opera.  It's my favorite web browser by far.
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« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2005, 11:24:48 AM »

I used it for the last couple days and I'm going back to Firefox for my home browser.  There have been a couple of websites that react weirdly to Opera.

When I hit the tag buttons here on the forums (i.e. URL, etc) Opera places the cursor in front of the tag instead of behind it.

Netflix's site - when I click in the search box in Firefox the whole box empties so I can type my text in there.  In Opera it just places the cursor in the middle of "Movies, actors, etc" and I have to manually highlight the entire box and delete it before I can search.

GameFAQs - I never could get it to display correctly when I wanted to pull up a FAQ on Mario Golf Advance.  It was hidden by an ad and I couldn't figure out how to get rid of that.

That said, my work machine hangs on Firefox so I'll continue to use Opera there instead of IE.  It's miles ahead of IE.
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« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2005, 06:43:00 PM »

you can also use SlimBrowser which is another IE alternate shell like Maxthon.

I prefer its tabbed browsing to all others, and it's speedy.[/url]
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