As proud members of the Nintendo Generation we love anything Nintendo related. Imagine our joy when we came across this amazing HTML5 port of Super Mario!
The HTML5 code Robert Kleffner used to create this game, is actually a port from a Java version by the rock star indie game developer Markus Persson, famous for Minecraft. Enough geeklove? Check out Infinite Mario in HTML5!
At Opera, we scream it from the rooftop every morning, and this will be the decade it happens: the Browser as an operating system, and it makes sense, too!
15 years ago this idea was ludicrous even to those that were working toward it, but the desire to make it work was there.
10 years ago a foundation was laid with buzzwords that were *so web 2.0* but old ways threatened progress.
5 years ago app stores seemed to be a different alternative.
Today, XKCD clears up the confusion in a way most of us can relate (sorry Linux, but we know you get it, too).
Does being a 'Browser' mean the end of fanboy arguments over Mac and PC advertisements? Doubtful, gamers have proven that hardware seems to still matter when they're all playing the same game on PS3, Xbox, Wii, on a computer, etc... We just need to make sure everyone's getting the same Web, and not a specialized version of it on one place or another. Fragmentation of the Web is counter-productive.
So, are we there yet? Is XKCD making the call too early? Do you consider yourself tied more to your hardware, or the Web?
At Opera, we love fun stunts. Here's a non-Opera, opera-related surprise performance at Tesco in Warwick Road by the cast and chorus of Opera Holland Park's La Rondine. It's very well performed, and incredibly sneaky. Watch it through to really appreciate the crescendo effect of a more involved crowd than normal. I reached out to the team that published this to see if we can work together for a major Opera release in the future. Otherwise I might have to sing solo.
Yesterday we launched an ad hoc contest which arose in the comments section of the illustration of how a jet engine works. The correct video we were looking for, which features a huge jet engine after 8 seconds, is the WORLD RECORD SPEED TEST video featuring the Norwegian duo Odd & Even Johansen:
Check out the awesome illustration below - a perfect example how Opera Turbo also works. Websites are sucked into our compression servers, squeezed together (to serve you the content faster because it's smaller) before its blasted right back on the great Internet highway.
Bonus questions: In which Opera video can you see a Jet engine?