A new day with Opera?

In addition to the problems I noted in the previous post, I now see that Internet Explorer 7 will not allow some of my favorite blogs to load properly. I double checked this by loading one of them in Firefox, and then on my other computer which still runs IE 6. No problem.

This is too much. I'm not going to use Internet Explorer 7, and I'm very dissapointed in Microsoft for releasing a browser before the kinks were ironed out.

Still, I like to be able to have two different browsers, as it helps me create two mental "sides" when I'm online (generally research versus blogging), and seeing two icons makes it easy. I've read about Opera, and I just downloaded it.

This is the first test post, the main purpose of which is to see how Opera works for blogging. Right now, I'll try inserting a link to their main web site. Hmmm. Not as good as Firefox, which allows the keyboard shortcut commands. (I had to click on the icons just now.)

But it seems OK. Now I'll see whether it saves the post.

Not bad. It seems like a good alternative to IE7, but I'd love to have the keyboard shortcuts for Movable Type.

Can't find a plugin anywhere.

I guess there's no such thing as a perfect world.

UPDATE: I just uninstalled IE 7, and I'm back to 6. It wasn't broke, and I wish they hadn't "fixed" it. No more automatic updates; I'll tough it out as long as I can.

(What a Luddite I've become!)

posted by Eric on 11.13.06 at 08:54 AM



As a webmaster, I'm constantly running into problems where I do something that looks fine in Safari and Firefox, but breaks in IE. Many webmasters have extensive work arounds in place to make sites look "right" in IE; so I'm willing to bet that the real problem is that IE7 renders HTML correctly, but the web sites are still applying the funky work arounds.

Microsoft started warning web designers many months ago that IE7 would break their sites, no one is happy about it.

Michael Heinz   ·  November 13, 2006 10:27 AM

Luddite? Not at all. I often uninstall "improved" versions of progs and go back to using the old, less bloated versions.
Everything works better and faster that way.

(mind you, I also drive an OLD Mercedes without computers or gadgets!)

Keith   ·  November 13, 2006 1:12 PM

You might also check out Avant

This came with my work system; it was not nice enough to supplant Firefox as my primary browser. But, it might fill your need to have a second browser.

Ric in Oregon   ·  November 13, 2006 1:24 PM

I have not used a new Microsoft product since I unwisely decided to try the beta version of their latest MediaPlayer. The new version had been stripped of all the codecs that had allowed me to watch my dvds; those now have to be purchased in separate packages for around twenty bucks. Furthermore, the new version could not be uninstalled and replaced with the older version that had played my dvds for free.

I imagine Microsoft thinks this sort of behaviour is a good business decision but it guaranteed that I will never willingly purchase any product or service from Microsoft again for the remainder of my days.

Flea   ·  November 13, 2006 1:58 PM

You like the old ways ... the way we have always done things. It's as if you are some sort of conservative or something.

mdmhvonpa   ·  November 13, 2006 1:58 PM

I'm looking forward to the day when Macs are sold with the slogan, "Microsoft not included."

Alan Kellogg   ·  November 13, 2006 9:50 PM

I was hearing things (and not good things) about IE7 by the end of the first day it was out. I've declined the upgrade.

(I have always had my updates set to ask first.)

Kathy K   ·  November 14, 2006 8:46 AM

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