All things which are innovative and evolve at a high pace find great supporters. There are always some, for whom there is still not enough features, who want always more; always better user-friendliness, faster work, greater possibilities, smaller dimensions, shorter access times.... And this is beautiful, sure, as this indeed is, what makes the progress so fast and spectacular. But the changes, deprive many people of the things they liked. What I mean - changes naturally gain not only supporters, but also opponents, when the direction or speed of changes stops meeting the requirements of some group of users.
Classics of a cabaret
My Mom and her friends are great fans of an artistic and cabaret group in my city, Łódź (Lodz) in the centre of Poland - "Przechowalnia" ("Storage", in a free translation). I love their sense of humour also. But, as they repeat songs, jokes or the whole programmes, I have already seen, they are no more funny for me (surely not funny "ha-ha"). Although previous generation can still have great fun attending literally ALL shows. I thought that I certainly need my separate programmes with new shows, and the people who would like to see something one more time, or just see it (there are very few seats there, and the tickets must be sold at very surprising moments of month, week and day, so that the distribution stays fair and according to SAPART .
And this was the first time, I realized, that the very good things, as they last, must get variety of flavours, or versions. Those, who understand it, win, because through the variety they offer, they gain more satisfied receivers (in case of art, music, etc.) or customers - buyers.
Example: Linux OS. Another: German car manufacturer Opel - a couple of years after introduction of Astra, was still producing and selling in Poland the very popular, much cheaper first version branded as Astra Classic.
I considered myself quite a 'geek' or professional web user, who needs sophisticated functionalities and specialised software.
The voice plugin - nice toy, for now. I enjoyed it very much, although it is not yet very convenient. It is more useable on the desktop PC, because the laptop stops cooperating fast enough for me to like it. But it doesn't disturb, because if you don't want it, you don't download it - that's beautiful in plugins.
But as the new Opera 9 approached with large steps, bringing the resource-agressive water-splashes called widgets, the not-always-legally-used torrent technology built into the browser (please tell me I'm wrong...), but does not make it possible for me to edit multiple contacts at a time, then I - with my hardware, who appreciated resource-conservating vision of an internet browser by the Opera Software - I simply start to feel, I'm tired of this progress pace. While all those features are being added, I feel Opera lacks those really useful or necessary, and they do not gain enough attention. That is why, I feel a bit strange or unsafe about what the community makes with my favourite browser. I mean, I do not share the opinion, that this is the best direction. Maybe, I should sit down to the keyboard, and develop my own personalised version of the browser, which would be MY way out of the box. But I am the user, for goodness sake. Not every driver must be able to create a car!
Some of my feature suggestions:
Multiple contact editing should be nothing for Opera - I miss the better contact management, in the way the Foobar2000 manages mp3 tags.
I want to use the space on the right of the main menu! Firefox can do it - Opera should, too! And, preferably, also the space of the window caption/title bar. Irfan view can turn it off, so it is not impossible!
All this said, I think it is an option worth consideration, to issue an Opera Classic browser, which would be something between the great all-my-soft-in-one combined application, and the disaster appended to the dominant system...
I wonder... if anybody reads it at all and if You were so patient to read up to here - I'm curious of Your opinion about that...