The little browser that could.
From what I feel, the average user doesn't spend much time learning a software's nuances. They just want to use the first thing that works in the first go.
I was an Opera evangelist for many years but all the extra bundled apps I never use finally pushed me to chrome.
1. Despite both having "tabs on top", in Chrome tabs extend all the way to the edge of the screen. In Opera, there's a small unclickable border area. This is a basic, basic Fitts' Law mistake that makes it so much harder to click tabs.
2. Chrome does that thing where when you close a tab, the "close" button of the next tab ends up exactly under your mouse pointer. This is such a nice and natural feature that you forget there was any alternative. Firefox and Opera both get this so wrong.
Use Ctrl-Tab to switch between tabs the same way you Alt-Tab between windows. Close a tab with Ctrl-F4, similar to closing windows with Alt-F4.
Firefox with Vimperator does even better - t to open a tab to a url or search string, d to close a tab, Ctrl-n and Ctrl-p to tab between them.
Of course, Chrome's Vim extension replicates similar functionality. Either way, reducing mouse-keyboard context-switching is useful.
Opera seems to listen to the community relatively closely so hopefully these two issues can be solved in a future patch (or maybe even an extension).
I don't actually use the tabs to click on, so this is fine for me. I always switch by holding down my right mouse button and spinning the scroll wheel.
For me it was easier when the only choice was hating IE and going for Firefox, right now i struggle between my emotions to use one or other wonderful browser as my main one...
When firefox 4 comes its going to be even harder...
Paste opera:config#UserPrefs|ShowTrayIcon in the address bar, uncheck, save and restart.
And how are you so annoyed by a 16x16 pixel red O? Please never try to drive in NYC...
Right click > Properties
Search NTLM in config, it's got one option which is enabled.
(That Chrome for business blog post yesterday got me to retry Chrome which supports NTLM automatically by default).
Close opera, uninstall. Uninstall prompts that it crashed while editing preferences (it didn't) and offers to send a crash report.
I wonder if I could get a job as a software tester? I always hit bizarro behaviour just trying to use software normally.
http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2011423 - opera.com - no comments
http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2011357 - arpitnext.com - no comments
I thought we left this kind of crappy warfare in the late 90s.
I like the streamlined installation process, but the options are indeed very easy to overlook.
The after-the-fact way is to use the Windows defaults tool, a Good Thing to emerge from the defaults wars.
back to good old Firefox
"Error: Breaks exisiting package 'opera-static' conflict: opera ( )"
Anyway, the built-in adblock is top-notch.