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Opera: Firefox’s Better? Top 10 List

April 20, 2009 1 comment

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Well, here we are. The last post I made was about why Firefox is better than Internet Explorer. And its true that Firefox may be the best browser. May be.

The fact is, Opera has been around for far longer, and incorparated features far ahead of Firefox. It had tabbed browsing before anyone, and is still faster than firefox.

So why is it so unknown?

For one, Opera was originally supported by having a banner at the top of the page for all users. This was quite frustrating, and led to many rejecting it entirely. However, this banner allowed opera to pay developers great amounts of money to make nice features, like tabbed browsing. Another reason Opera is not well known is because of low advertisment. They do not go to any great effort to advertise themselves, or really encourage users to do so. Why? Well, I dont know. I do know that the users they do have are a loyal bunch at that. Opera even has a blogging function on their site that is rivaled by few. Let me give you a list of 10 of the options that are present in Opera that are not in Firefox (not taking into account addons of course)

1) Above URL bar tabs. If you have used this before (like on chrome) you know its better.

2) Integrated Bit Torrent client. One of the best.

3) Task bar on the side that is not intrusive, but easily accessible.

firefox-opera4) Community and Opera made Widgets.

5) The single BEST mail client built in. Support for any email host.

6) Download manager. Better than any seen on Firefox.

7) Built in advertisement/popup/flash ads prevention.

8) Simple quick note taking ability.

9)  Great speed and compatibility of web pages.

10) Built in webpage shrinker/resizer.internet_explorer_opera_mozilla_firefox_web_browsers

And trust me when I say that these are just a few. Most (if not all) of these options are available from the sidebar mentioned. The interface also is far better in my opinion.

Now after all this, you would probably think I use this as my standard browser. I don’t. I use Firefox. Now before you opera fans crucify me, allow me to explain. Opera incorparates enough things to get me to use it instead of Firefox. Unfortunately, in order to really take advantage of all the nice features, you need to only be on one computer. Things like the built in chat, mail client, and RSS feeds are cumbersome if your consistently use more than one computer. Such is the case for me. When I secure my own laptop that is half decent, I will use Opera standard, but for now I will use Firefox. However, I encourage all of you to at least give it a try and download it!

What do you think? Do you prefer Firefox, or Opera? Why? Comment below, you dont need to register, and you can be anonymous.

-Trenton Stahl

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10 Firefox Addons You Should Have

April 14, 2009 3 comments

If you haven’t already, you should get the best browser around, Firefox. It has many features that are nice, with not the least of them being the addons you can use. Here is a list of the top 10 I use.

1) Adblock Plus

Adblock is easily one of the most downloaded, and liked addons for FF. Once downloaded, it blocks virtually all ads you see on web pages. Annoying flash ads, gone. Fake warning messages, gone. Banners trying to get you to think they’ll give you a PS3, gone!

2) All-In-One Sidebar

AIOS is an organizing tool that puts all addon controls, history, downloads, and favorites into a convenient and discreet sidebar that can easily be configured to your standards. Getting this allows for much easier content control.

3) Better YouTube

A very simple collection of Greasemonkey scripts in the form of an addon. Allows for easy downloads of YouTube videos, a clean theater mode for watching, and the option of making it so videos don’t start until you actually press the play button (instead of auto playing when you open the video link).

4) Download Statusbar

There are many things to love about FF, one of them not being the download manager. It opens a window when you download, and makes it inconvienient to see the status of a download. Download Statusbar gives a very nice and out-of-the-way status bar in the corner with controls for downloading a file.

5) Google Preview

When your googling, wouldn’t it be nice to see a preview before loading the site? That’s what Google preview gives you. Every time you do a Google search, a thumbnail of the site appears to the left of all the search results. Trust me, it’s incredibly helpful.

6) Lazarus

Ever been filling out a large form or registration page on the internet, and pressed submit only to have it come back saying you didn’t do so and so right and you end up having to fill it all in again? Well, Lazarus solves this problem. If you ever have to go back to a page you just filled with text that is now gone, just right click on the field, and you can restore the entire entry!

7) StumbleUpon

This addon changed my life. Where before I would spend meaningless time looking for something to occupy my time, I now stumble. Stumbleupon has a community of over 5 million, and if you’re one of them, you know why that is. When you get the addon, it will prompt you to get an account, do it. When you do, you fill out a form of things your interested on the internet, and then it lets you “stumble” pages it thinks you like. The more you use it, the more it knows what you like. Its incredably addictive.

8) Undo Closed Tabs

Many times have I too hastily started closing tabs, only to accidentally close that one tab with a page on it I wanted. Your history is too full for you to wade through it to find, so what do you do? Undo it of course. Undo Closed Tabs gives you a button to the left of your tabs to allow easy recovery of any closed mistake. Also, the sunglasses guy is there because wordpress automatically makes all 8 with a bracket this 8)

9) Session Manager

Too often have I been researching something in the wee hours of the night and had to hastily head off to bed only to realize I need to exit my browser for one reason or another. Session Manager allows for easy saving, and recovery of any session of tabs you may have at that moment. You can even save multiple sessions for different reasons.

10) Aero Fox

Choosing a theme for your FF is a very personal thing, one which I suggest you don’t take lightly. Aero Fox is (in my humble opinion) one of the most good looking of themes. It also has never interfered with any of my addons, and shows little to no strain on the browser speed. A good choice overall.

What are your favorite addons? Leave a comment below.

-Trenton Stahl

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Top 5: Ways To Not Be Bored

March 28, 2009 2 comments

We have all had moments where we have had nothing to do, and have been utterly bored to tears. Whether it be a game you dont want to be at, a wedding, funeral, or business meeting, your sure to having boring moments. And the worst part? You can’t bring something with you to occupy your time, as it would seem inappropriate. While this may not always be the case, it is certainly good to know how to occupy your time with nothing at hand.

1) Consider Hypothetical Questions

What would the world be like if there was suddenly no coffee? How would that couple react if I was to go over and punch that guy? What would I do if I was invisible? All good questions to ask yourself, and remember, thinking of the questions is half the entertainment. If you think of a really good one, consider remembering it and asking a friend later.

zombie2) Think Up Zombie Plans

This works especially well when your in buildings. Look at your surroundings and consider how you would fend off a zombie attack. As an added bonus, make your plans using nothing but what is currently in the room, including the people! Who do you think would be the first to spaz out and shoot someone? Also, what would be your prefered weapon of choice, a shotgun, flamethrower, silenced pistol, etc. Think about what the perfect anti-zombie arsenal would be? The topic of zombie’s alone can eat of many hours.

3) Attack Something Your Passionate About

Whether it be religion, opinions, or even your preferred gaming console, you can use your stance on subjects to entertain you. For example, if your a hard-core PlayStation 3 fan, consider an argument against it, and for the Xbox 360. If your a Christian, think of reasons why God could not exist. Whatever your passion may be, think of your best argument against it and debate in your mind. You may be suprised what you can come up with.

4) Experiment With Your Body

Get your mind out of the gutter, I didn’t mean that! Wherever your sitting, try to see how many muscles you can move. See how loud you can crack your knuckles. Compare the lines on your palm of each hand, are they the same? See how far you can trace your veins up your arms.

42-155289765) Write Your Story

If you have a pen and paper readily available, you can put down some thoughts on a story of your choosing. Even if your not a writer, doing this can stimulate your imagination. And you never know, you may end up being able to write well after all. If you don’t have anything to write your story down, then do it on your head. The mind is an amazing thing, capable of great processes and thoughts.

So there you go, a short list of ways to keep your mind occupied during times when you may have nothing to do at all. You may want to reread this list, and get some of these in your mind for future recall.

-Trenton Stahl

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