# Daniel Hendrycks' Blog

This Blog is in Perpetual Beta

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## MOTW

I'm lucky enough to be Member Of The Week!

http://my.opera.com/community/blog/2009/10/30/member-of-the-week

In addition, have a huge thank you for the gifts.

Thank you everyone for your support and kindness.

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## Welcome

Welcome to this blog! Topics include maths and technology.

## MathML Input

MathML (and LaTeX) gave a solution to displaying maths equations and expressions on the web, it made [x^2 + 9x + sqrt(x)] / 2 or $\frac{x^2 + 9x + \sqrt{x}}{2}$ into, as it should, But then why do we still have; why can't we haveHaving a MathML input field would fix this, and improve experiences with maths on the web.

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## In support of faster release cycles

This post is geared toward supporting Chrome and Firefox's approach to their release cycle.

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## Opera Mock-up

A long time ago, I made a mock-up inspired by Jolicloud and an IE9 rumor mock-up. Here it is for ya'll!

Do note: I am not against gradients or Aero, I just used a solid color to make the editing process easier for me, since I am not savvy with image editors.

## V3

As some may have noticed, I changed my avatar from Opera Tester to...

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## Snapshot Digest

Hi, today I am announcing (sounds official) the Snapshot Digest.

Originally posted by Snapshot Digest:

Goal: In this blog, Opera developers and others should be able to find an abridged version of the comments posted in the Opera Desktop Team; because sorting through the comments can be a hassle.

## <fullscreen>

This post was a proposal for a fullscreen tag. Update: Something similar to this is implemented in most browsers.

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## Internet Again!

Hi again, as some of you may have noticed I have not been online in a long time; this is because we finally moved out of town and into the country. As you may expect, getting Internet out of town in difficult. After almost two months of waiting, CenturyLink finally gave us a connection. As soon as they left, I tried setting up or wireless router; and behold, it took me 13 hours to get the router and the modem cooperating (I'm a novice when it comes to networking). The speed is OK, it's about 1.5mbps; I'll see if we can get it faster.

From my time without Internet, after the second week you become extremely patient and walking around aimlessly is a past-time. Of course I went through Internet withdrawals but I won't get into that .

Sorry for the delay to some of you with the PMs, I'll try and catch-up.

## Carakan's Speed Improvements

Carakan, the new ECMAScript engine from Opera, has proved to be faster than all its competition. I have monitored the speed improvements of Carakan throughout the 10.5 release cycle. Here is a fancy little table showing Carakan's improvements: http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/9939/chartuo.png

Note: This will be on FavBrowser later.

## If I were Opera now

Recently, Microsoft decided to change the release of the Windows Ballot screen to March 1st. Opera is trying to get Opera 10.5 to a finalized state on March 16th. With this change I am sure Opera will still try and get Opera 10.5 out to the public when the ballot goes live. The best solution I thought of is: releasing Opera 10.5 Beta 2 and putting it on the http://opera.com/browser/ site. Safari 4 put their beta on the download page when the beta was released. IMO I think this choice is better than taking a unfinished release and calling it a final release.

## Opera 10.5 site mock-up

http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/5159/84679868.png

This is an Opera 10.5 overview site page. In this mock-up I placed numbers in order to explain things without putting tons of text within the mock-up image.

1. The big image box would have the animated "particles" background like what was seen in the Opera 10.5 portal page. More specifically it would use the same ECMAScript for the "particles" background. For IE you can just use a particles image.

2. This is the tabs part of the mock-up. This was added in order to create a shorter in height page and a cooler experience.
• Performance- Talk about Carakan's we page speed loading and show a graph or two. (Where Opera performed best) Briefly lead to an article that talks more about Carakan. Also, it would mention Opera's start-up speed.
• Security- Talk about Opera's smartness like it will warn you if something is fraud thanks to a filter. Secondly, and more importantly, talk about the private browsing feature.
• Beauty- Talk about the integration, simplicity and show off some Aero. Maybe show the Z1-Glass (if not, it will be shown in the screenshots mentioned later).
• Engine- Say something that a lay person can understand: "An engine is the backbone of the browser, in Opera 10.5 we practically remodeled out engine to make it faster and stabler. We also added cool tools like Dragonfly to give web developers an easier experience fixing bugs for their web apps. More features in the latest engine (Presto) include:..." (do bullet points)(My recommended dialogue should probably be condensed.)
• Other features- Talk about things like the smarter address bar, etc.
3. This is the transitioning quote box like what is seen in the Opera 10.1 page.

4. This is the introduction video to the Opera 10.5 browsers. (Use the pretty pop-up like in Opera Mini 5's page)

5. (I accidentally put 4 twice.) This is showcasing big features. Show part of a screenshot but when clicked on the whole screenshot can be shown. For the speed dial one be sure to the the Speed Dial image generator to let people get the idea easier. Or, just use the features logo. I think the feature's logo would be smarter.

6. These are just links to other pages. Make sure it has a pretty picture.

7. These are screenshots. Show the Z1-Glass for one of them. Another idea is show a Google results page and have "Best browser" (or fastest) be in the search box. Then show links leading to Opera.com and Opera reviews (achieved via editing some source code).

That's all folks!

## Ubuntu 10.04 Start-up

I'm in shock right now peoples. I just installed Ubuntu 10.04 alpha 2 on a virtual drive and it started up in 11 seconds! That's amazingly fast. If Chrome OS's goal is start-up time Ubuntu is not far from behind.

This could draw me to Linux. Time will tell. In mean time I recommend checking it out (with the use of Virtualbox).

## Were search engines this bad?

This is my ISP's search engine. I was typing in "dev.opera" in the address bar and I was redirected to these wonderful results. (Larger view)
Were search results this bad 10 years ago or so?

## Newest Opera Build Contains Ogg

Hi, as a new year's presnt we recieved a build from Opera giving us Opera 10.5 for UNIX and the

## Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone

Today I'll tell you the main present I got this Christmas.

I received an eMachine ET1331G-03w Computer. Although this brand is basically generic this does not mean it is not powerful.

Specs:
• 6GB of RAM
• 750 GB Hard Drive (I do not think I will use 1/4th of that)
• AMD Athlon™ II X2 dual-core processor 235e
• Windows 7 64-Bit
• NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150 SE graphics

This is an nice present, I love semi-powerful computers (who doesn't?)

Start-up for me is 18 27 seconds, compared to the Vista -- which is about 2 minutes (never timed the Vista, just using an empirical basis). As for whether I will put a Linux on it, I probably will not. I will probably wait and use a Linux Distro in college.

Setting this up was a devil though, I had to get a Wi-fi Network adapter for this, which, as it turned out, was not compatible with Windows 7. Resulting from, I had to find out how to make it work with Windows 7 which wasted a few hours and dollars. (To make it work on Windows 7 pretend you are Vista by Right click > Troubleshoot Capabilities)

Merry Christmas to everyone

Addendum: The GPU is terrible, all else is fine.

## 10.5 Pre-Alpha Predictions (Nothing special)

What a beautiful picture, it was created by Oleg Melnichuck.

Anyway, here are my predictions for the Opera 10.5 pre-alpha release on Tuesday, December 22nd. These are not bizarre or new expectations.

• Presto 2.5- Not 2.4 as many believe, an employee even confirmed it. It also makes sense that it is not Presto 2.4, after all, Opera Mobile 10 Beta uses Presto 2.4. If 2.4 was supposed to be released in 10.5 Opera Mobile would not be finalized for a very long time.
• Carakan- The new JavaScript engine that I expect to surpass Chrome's engine in speed. Although it is most likely incomplete (and eats more RAM) it would certainly be fun to take for a spin. My evidence lies from a quote from the Opera Desktop Team (the keyword is: speed. ) and a tweet from an employee indicating Opera 10.5 is 4x faster at an ECMAScript benchmark which is what Carakan is supposed to improve on.
• Vega- This will be the render of the Opera UI and the webpages. Since this takes advantage of Harware Acceleration we will see smoother animations and faster page loading to too.
• New Look- Jon Hicks (Senior Designer) has posted tweets which probably mean that he has been working on a design for 10.5. This will most likely take at least some advantage of Vega so the GUI can be smoother and shinier. This is what I am most excited for this pre-alpha. Sadly, I have to wait.
• Standards Improvements- I predict more SVG implemented and some WebGL. The link given in the title of this bullet has a quote I found interesting. "Opera has started implementing WebGL, too, said Tim Johansson, Opera's lead graphics developer." We might even see some Ogg!
There you have it, those are my predictions for this coming Tuesday. Can't wait to open this present!

Update: I scratched-out the WebGL part. I think that will be in a separate labs build instead.

## Another Microsoft Anti-Trust

Microsoft is making their successful Microsoft Office better by adding an online free version. Sadly this online version will only submit to majority of browsers. (According to Hitslink's inaccurate statistics) These browsers are IE, Firefox and Safari, this excludes Opera and Chrome.

A site that recently surfaced called MakeOfficeBetter is hosted by Microsoft employees that was designed to get users to submit ideas and support them. I submitted the idea of "Support for Opera and Chrome in Online Office." You can support this idea to stop another anti-trust here.

*I am not anti-Microsoft*

## Unite Works Perfect

Opera Unite's Proxy was always down for about a month and many users complained about this issue because without the proxy working Unite will not even work.
(Opera Unite button looked like this with 503 )

The Opera Unite Team has been working on making the Proxy stable and their work paid off, it now works. Now, after weeks of "Opera Unite error 503: The Opera Unite proxy server is currently not reachable. The network may be down" you can use Opera Unite error free!
(Now the Opera Unite button looks like this )

## 5 Things I Would Like To See in Opera (Always Under Revision)

This list is comprised of 5 feature, feature improvements or standard requests that I would like to see in Opera. I have more in mind but these are the features that I feel are needed more than others. (This list is not in any specific order)

Overview
1. Opera 10.5 Regressions fixed
2. Smarter Address Bar
3. 64-Bit
4. Improve the Opera Link
5. Remove the Fastforward and Rewind buttons

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