A night with the Opera
As part of setting up my new ultra portable I wanted to keep my mail and news feeds on the machine for when I’m not near wifi or on a 3G connection. The problem is, as always with Linux. there are a ton of options. I started with the traditional Firefox and Thunderbird combination. A noble pairing but one which felt a bit clunky. Looking through my Flickr pictures I was reminded of Mr Hicks – designer of the aforementioned Firefox logo, who now works for Opera.
It turns out that lots has happened to Opera since I last turned it on. It now sports a mail reader, feed reader and a crazy fast rendering engine. It’s made my little laptop fly and the features for switching tabs and viewing content offline are really very good.
One application for most of the things I use my computer for seems like quite an efficient use of resources. Not only that, it’s faster loading and performing than what I was using before. The mail client also sports an interesting feature called “Low bandwidth mode”. This is especially handy if, like me, you use a 3G dongle for accessing mail from time to time and you have limited bandwidth.
I’m enjoying my new browser so far and will keep you posted but let me know what you use on your system. Am happy to become a browser tart 😉
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