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Browser updates: Firefox & Opera

Most peeps are pretty excited about the new Firefox release next week, one which should set records. I'm excited to try out v3.0 since it's supposed to be much, much faster and also with a smaller memory footprint, thank god.

However, at the same time I'm hoping the few extensions I use don't break - particularly webdeveloper and firebug. I use Firefox for the extensions, period. If they don't work, I'm unlikely to make the switch even if the new browser is better in every other way.

On the other hand I immediately upgraded to the new Opera 9.5 browser today. No, Opera doesn't have extensions. However, it's fast, secure and it has proven to be the most stable browser I've ever used. It's also incredibly feature rich. Multiple extensions would be needed on Firefox to mimic that functionality and...FF's speed tends to slow with too many extensions :(

What's New with Opera 9.5 (on top of existing features)
  • Opera Link: syncs your bookmarks and Speed Dial between your desktop and mobile browser
  • Quick Find: enter a word into the search bar and Opera instantly scans all the pages you have visited looking for matching text
  • New browser engine: the Opera team has made it more than 2x faster than Opera 9.2; faster startup, too
Since I got my new mobile last month, I've been desperate to get Opera Link. Now my browser stays the same no matter which device/computer I use ^_^ And the Quick Find is one of those tools you never realised you needed like hell.

So I upgraded, switched to the theta skin (completely enamored by the refresd button *headdesk*) and automatically had my mail upgraded and my browser synched. No probs whatsoever :) And its so fast and stable ;__;

AND OMG, HELLO CSS 3 *__*

I've also done a separate install of the beta Opera 9.5 with Dragonfly - let's see how it is with working on css and stuff. It might mean I can just edit CSS directly with Opera instead of having to switch to Firefox (for web developer).

If the opera browser were to become more developer friendly (via extensions), I'd embrace it with open arms. However, even out of the box, for its range of features I STILL HEART OPERA.

Oh and I've also had my gmail account hooked up to my Opera mail client for the past year or two. Have never had to worry about gmail going on the fritz \o/

My browsers: Opera, Flock(Firefox) & Maxthon(IE alternative).

All three are definitely worth trying out especially if you've always used IE or FF. And I admit, IE 7 may be okay but I think I've been scarred for life by IE6. I'll do pretty much anything NOT to rely on IE now.

ETA: Yes, am a total geek.
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