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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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Opera 9.5 Alpha, One More Build Released

By | September 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

Opera 9.5Opera Desktop Team released one more Opera 9.5 Alpha version. While this build fixes many bugs it still contains lots of “known issues”. However, they are working on those bugs, as for now, I will stay with Opera 9.23. So let’s check the changelog.

New Features!

  • Added menu item to never reload a page (Right click > Reload every – Never)
  • (UNIX) When running Gnome, Opera will now use the native GTK file chooser when opening and saving files
  • Bugs Fixed

  • [BUG 255515] Chat should now work in Yahoo! Beta
  • [BUG 281879] Show only cached images should now work properly
  • [BUG 255304] Closing Speed Dial window fast after “delete private data” shouldn’t crash Opera anymore
  • [BUG 282598] Passwords set to “never for this server” can now be deleted again
  • [BUG 286084] Content blocker works again
  • [BUG 276354] Fixed bug where it was not possible to reconnect to mail server after disconnecting
  • [BUG 262786] Onload handler in script no longer fired before onload attribute of body element
  • [BUG 267384] JavaScript errors no longer reported as being in “Unknown thread”
  • [BUG 233022] data: URIs are no longer considered off-site images
  • Use ‘Today’ when a mail was sent today, even if it’s in the future
  • Windows Only

  • Set default network from 128 back to 32. This might help with some stalling while loading pages on some systems
  • Fixed appearance of fonts in Speed Dial configuration dialog and Widgets when using Cleartype
  • Mac Only

  • Fixed clipping of dialogs in Leopard
  • Fixed font display in Leopard
  • Smaller UI fonts
  • Fixed issue selecting Opera.app icon
  • Unix Only

  • Made flash animations work again
  • [BUG 276704] [qt4] Focusing documents in other tabs now switches to that tab as expected
  • [BUG 276959] [qt4] Tiling windows now works properly
  • Other Fixed Issues

  • [BUG 286186] There are no buttons in the customization dialog.
  • [BUG 274352] Upgrading with no mail/RSS accounts causes a mail upgrade that never finishes.
  • Known Issues

  • [BUG 284849] Yahoo! Mail beta may crash Opera.
  • [BUG 286911] Flickr maps may crash Opera.
  • Google reader crashes Opera (same as ymail crash)
  • Won’t run correctly on Windows 95 or 98.
  • Won’t work correctly on Mac OS X 10.3.
  • OS X version may cause persistent freezes on start-up.
  • POP server cleaning has been disabled: When disabling the “Leave messages on server” option, existing messages on the server are not removed.
  • [BUG 287170] On OS X, UI thumbnails have black backgrounds when using native skins.
  • [BUG 184894] Native OS X UI elements cannot be used in skins.
  • [BUG 280536] Opera on OS X will sometimes freeze when exiting Preferences.
  • [BUG 286384] Yahoo mail is broken.
  • [BUG 285741] Opera might freeze for a while when opening the feeds menu.
  • [BUG 271585] The last directory used is not remembered in the Save As and Open dialogs.
  • [BUG 264975] Graphical smiles do not work.
  • [BUG 280261] Removing messages from filters does not work.
  • [BUG 213115] Queued mail is sent at the next check, instead of waiting for manual action.
  • Download

    Windows (Build 9562)
    Windows Classic (Build 9562)
    Macintosh (Build 4460)
    Unix (Build 1600)

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    Opera F5 Contest. Win Some Stuff

    By | September 28, 2007 | 4 Comments

    OperaAnd the rules are really simple, what you have to do is to find incorrect information about Opera browser, for example that it contains ads in the top, etc.

    Obviously, we don’t have to fix every old news article talking about previous versions of Opera, but general information sites without a specific publication date should be corrected to reflect the latest info.

    When you’ve contacted a site, please post the URL in the contest page (so that others won’t contact the same site over and over again) and describe what you asked them to fix. I’ll send an Opera goodie-bag to the person who contacts the most sites in two weeks (deadline: Oct. 10th), and if you find/contact at least 5 sites with incorrect/outdated information about Opera, I’ll enter you into a random drawing to win one other goodie-bag.

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    What Happens When You Have Low Market Share?

    By | September 27, 2007 | 5 Comments

    MSN Team just updated their video.msn.com home page. And here’s what happens when you are using Opera.

    MSN, Ooops

    So what happens when you have low market share? They “accidentally” forget you.

    Of course, you can click “Continue to MSN Video” and continue surfing, at least they allow you to do that.

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    Internet Explorer vs Firefox vs Opera (Not Just Another Topic)

    By | September 26, 2007 | 4 Comments

    Firefox With Extensions

    Firefox No Extensions

    Opera

    Internet Explorer

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    ZoneAlarm ForceField Beta Released

    By | September 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

    ZoneAlarmZoneAlarm Forcefield beta has just been released for Windows XP and Windows Vista. It should be working with Internet Explorer 6-7 and Firefox 1.x-2.x versions. So what is it all about? It can protect you from various “bad things”. And as they say: “Protect yourself by creating a virtual “You” on any PC…”

    ForceField lets you connect and communicate the way you already do online, only with a combination of protective measures that makes you impervious. It uses a virtualization engine that shields your computer and personal data from Internet and computer-based threats. It also includes numerous protection layers to combat phishing, spyware and dangerous file downloads.

    Isn’t that a good idea?

    More details.

    It’s a Beta only, still many issues needs to be fixed. However, feel free to try it if you are interested.

    Known issues:

  • Virtualized surfing – Creates a “bubble of security” around your browsing session that works two ways: it protects your PC from Web site threats such as drive-by downloads; and protects your browsing session from threats on your PC
  • Seamless use – surf as you always do without any special knowledge required and no interruptions
  • Keylogger jamming – protects your browsing, banking and shopping by disabling keyloggers/screengrabbers that may reside on your PC
  • Anti-spyware scanning during your browsing session to protect you as you bank and shop
  • Phishing and fraudulent Web site warning and protection
  • Dangerous download scanning and protection
  • Private browsing to completely erase your surfing tracks from your PC (not yet in the beta)
  • Svelte proportions – ForceField can be deployed to any PC within about 30 seconds in its Instant ForceField form (not available in current beta), making it convenient for on-the-go use on shared public computers.
  • Full known issues list.

    Learn more.

    Download ForceField 1.0.158 Beta.

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    Netscape Navigator 9 Splash Screen Design Contest Entries

    By | September 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Netscape NavigatorNetscape Navigator team are running a Netscape Navigator 9 splash screen design contest for a while. While you can’t submit your entries anymore, you may write a comment in their blog regarding your favorite splash screen design. I would go for #2 myself.

    Click here to see all the entries.

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    Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 9542 Released

    By | September 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera 9.5It’s Friday again and we’ve received yet another Opera 9.5 Alpha build from Opera team. So let’s check the changelog and see what they have added and/or fixed.

    Fixed

    [BUG 284852] Wand doesn’t save new passwords; old passwords should work properly.
    [BUG 278770] Gmail does not work on 64-bit.
    [BUG 281679] Bookmarks are not sorted correctly.

    Other Changes

    Scrolling when GMail chat window open causes no more repaint corruption.
    Messages will no longer erroneously be marked as drafts or unread when upgrading mail.
    String.localeCompare now works correctly.
    Getters and setters now work on DOM interface prototypes.
    opera:config settings are correctly stored now.
    Files are now correctly saved with file extensions.
    Lots of SVG fixes.
    Lots of stability fixes.

    UNIX Only

    Several fixes to plugins.
    The operapluginwrapper should not take 100% CPU anymore.
    Scrolling with keyboard is now much smoother.

    Mac Only

    Removed proxy icon (icon in title bar)

    Known Issues

    Won’t run correctly on Windows 95 or 98.
    Won’t work correctly on Mac OS X 10.3.
    OS X version may cause persistent freezes on start-up.
    POP server cleaning has been disabled: When disabling the “Leave messages on server” option, existing messages on the server are not removed.
    [BUG 286384] Yahoo mail is broken.
    [BUG 284849] Yahoo! Mail beta may crash Opera
    [BUG 286186] There are no buttons in the customization dialog.
    [BUG 286345] Search in widgets is broken.
    [BUG 285741] Opera might freeze for a while when opening the feeds menu.
    [BUG 271585] The last directory used is not remembered in the Save As and Open dialogs.
    [BUG 264975] Graphical smilies do not work.
    [BUG 280261] Removing messages from filters does not work.
    [BUG 184894] Native OS X UI elements cannot be used in skins.
    [BUG 213115] Queued mail is sent at the next check, instead of waiting for manual action.
    [BUG 280536] Opera on OS X will sometimes freeze when exiting Preferences.
    [BUG 274352] Upgrading with no mail/RSS accounts causes a mail upgrade that never finishes.

    Time to download now (use it no your own risk).

    Windows
    Windows Classic
    Macintosh
    Unix

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    Firefox 3 Alpha 8 Released

    By | September 20, 2007 | 1 Comment

    Firefox 3 Alpha 8 FinalIt’s finally here. Firefox 3 Alpha 8, and not a “Pre-Alpha” version. This version fixes tons of bugs and introduces some new features, check this changelog for more details:

  • Basic and unpolished UI for starring and tagging pages has been added, as well as a richer Location Bar autocomplete algorithm that matches against page title (see Places UI Plan for more details)
  • Prompt for remembering passwords is no longer a modal dialog
  • Built in malware protection
  • Basic and unpolished UI for indicating richer website identity information has been added
  • Support for web-based protocol handlers, though it doesn’t work in all situations (bug 394483)
  • A new Applications preference panel for configuring handlers for various content types (see bug 377784) has replaced the Download Actions dialog and the Feeds preference panel
  • All Firefox add-ons must now use a secure method for auto-updating (bug 378216 and this guide for more details)
  • Firefox now quits properly (instead of just being killed) when Windows is shut down or restarted (bug 333907)
  • Added support for document.elementFromPoint method (bug 199692)
  • DOMWillOpenModalDialog events are no longer fired by the nsIPrompt implementation (bug 391100)
  • TYPE_PLUGIN has been removed from the Extension Manager code (bug 392140)
  • Check full list of all bugs fixed since Gran Paradiso Alpha 7 here (huge list).
  • Download Firefox 3 Alpha 8 for Windows
    Download Firefox 3 Alpha 8 for Mac OS X
    Download Firefox 3 Alpha 8 for Linux/GTK2

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    Happy 25th Birthday, Emotion :-)

    By | September 19, 2007 | 0 Comments

    That’s right. Happy 25th birthday to an “emotion” :-), thanks to Scott Fahlman for this cool invention :-)

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    Firefox 2.0.0.7 Released

    By | September 19, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 2.0.0.7While Firefox team is working on Firefox 3 it’s still important to fix various bugs in the Firefox 2 web browser. As a result, Firefox 2.0.0.7 was just released which fixes the following security issue:

    Code execution via QuickTime Media-link files

    Download Firefox 2.0.0.7.

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