Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:45:43 PM
Microsoft has chosen to implement a "ballot screen"
that offers a choice of browsers for Windows 7 users in Europe. This wasn't my favorite solution to the problem, and in fact, I still am mildly opposed to this solution. To me, Microsoft went beyond the call of duty, and the fact that Microsoft bowed down this low to appease the EU is surprising.
And here comes Opera's CTO, complaining about the inclusion of logos in the ballot screen
"We're not sure about the use of logos," Lie said. "The blue 'e' has become so associated with the Internet in general, due to the bundling with Windows. We think using the blue "e" might not be such a good idea."
I'm sorry, but I think this is ridiculous. Opera cannot afford to go down this road of what is whining in my mind. There are reasons why Opera remains a minor browser in many minds, and it's not all because of the low recognition. Comments in the TechFlash post and others around other tech sites show that others do not support this. What Opera needs to do is to make the power of the Opera browser accessible to the masses, not to complain on Microsoft's generosity.
Thursday, July 9, 2009 7:20:58 PM
Google announced its Google Chrome OS yesterday. The mainstream news outlets seem to think that this could challenge Windows at its core, but once I read Google's announcement, that is absolutely impossible as it is now. Some also believe that this, as a Linux distro backed by Google, could further fragment Linux, but I doubt that will happen.
Thursday, July 9, 2009 1:34:06 AM
Opera 10 is almost ready. There are some much needed improvements since Opera 9, like improved performance, Opera Turbo, Unite, and a new UI.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 6:34:52 AM
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 6:56:16 PM
Google just announced another plugin for browsers: Native Client
. I have one word... why?
To me, it seems like it's just another plugin for browsers. Why do we need another one? Besides, I think if an application needs native code to run at an acceptable speed, it should not be a web application. Web applications are nice... but do I really want to run client-side processor-intensive applications in a browser? No.
Also, they specify x86 native code so non-x86 processors like ARM will need an emulator (which I presume would be included in the plugin, if the plugin is ever ported to other processors). The plugin is for web applications that are too heavy for even full PCs. Running on an emulator on an ARM processor isn't going to help. Their goal states browser neutrality and OS portability, but what this plugin breaks is the device neutrality.
Plugins like these create a tiered, segregated internet: one for faster devices and another for slower devices. Just like what we have in WAP for mobile phones. It will be a step back in what Opera has been aiming for and what I would like to see in the future.