Control Your Opera Web Browser Using Voice

By | October 10, 2007 | 1 Comment

Opera VoiceDaniel Goldman wrote a nice tip using video for the Opera users. You can control your web browser using Opera Voice. Basically I haven’t ever tried this feature but after seeing short video decided to do that. If you want to try it yourself, go the Opera Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Voice and check “Enable voice-controlled browsing”. It should download additional 10-11 megabytes now and you can start using it. Don’t forget to check Opera’s Voice video.

I’ve used it for a few minutes only but it’s still fun I guess. However, first thought that I will be able to type any URL using my voice but I couldn’t. Also haven’t found “Read Feeds” option. I guess this feature needs a small upgrade. Maybe not. Still checking tutorials for more details.

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Opera Voice Tutorial

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Firefox Soon To Come

By | October 8, 2007 | 1 Comment

Firefox should be released within a week but might be delayed a bit as well. As schedule says:

  • Code Freeze: 10/3 (end of day)
  • First Candidates Available: 10/5 (Fri)
  • Final release scheduled: 10/16 (Tue)
  • Firefox should be yet another great release by Firefox team. We are waiting…

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    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 (Alpha 9?) 2007 10 05 Released

    By | October 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox 3 Pre-Milestone 9 Alpha 9Yet another day and yet another Firefox 3 build from its developers team. While it’s still really long time to go, it’s good to see that with every day they Firefox 3 becomes more and more “polished”. Latest build changelog:


  • #384304 [Firefox:Startup and Profile System]- /usr/bin/firefox is not able to handle symlinks due to error in script [Lin]
  • #395138 [Firefox:File Handling]- show types set to “always ask” in Applications prefpane [All]
  • #395689 [Core:XSLT]- XML pretty print leaks [Mac]
  • #397749 [Core:SVG]- New style nsSVGAngle [All]
  • #398360 [Firefox:General]- speed up onSecurityChange [All]
  • #398394 [Firefox:Places]-[places] add “match” label to places search builder [All]
  • #398471 [Core:Widget: Cocoa]- Widgets translated incorrectly when there is a complex transform. [Mac]
  • Partial Landings/WIPs/Incoming:

  • #380901 [Core:JavaScript Engine]- Release SpiderMonkey 1.7 [All]
  • #387480 [Core:Security: UI]- Support network-fetched cert import in Web Sites tab of Cert Mgr [Mac]
  • #393757 [Core:Style System (CSS)]- Don’t report CSS style errors for identifiers designated as vendor-specific [All]
  • #394483 [Core:File Handling]- web-based protocol handlers don’t work in certain situations [All]
  • #397690 [Firefox:Preferences]- Handler apps display as executables rather than full application name [All]
  • #387996 [Firefox:Places]- add a “Places” folder to the bookmarks menu, populated with smart folders [All]
  • Regressions/Annoying/Common bugs:

  • #333965 [Firefox:Places]- Places’ search feature hangs [Win]
  • #337761 [Core:XPCOM]- Folder does not open anymore for dragged link [All]
  • #339804 [Firefox:General]- Multiple login requests for authentification proxies if sessionstore is enabled [Win]
  • #385245 [Firefox:Places]- history sidebar very slow (way slower than fx2) [All]
  • #386343 [Firefox:General]- Breakpad doesn’t work [Win]
  • #388209 [Firefox:Places]- bookmarks menu dnd indicator not visible if I want to drop an item before a separator [Win]
  • #389131 [Other Applications:Reporter]- Reporter should move away from SOAP (Reporter fails to send reports on trunk) [All]
  • #394079 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]- Location bar autocomplete hangs after first character is typed; regardless of speed of character input [Win]
  • #394910 [Firefox:Download Manager]- The download always goes to when browser. download. Use DownloadDir is false [Win]
  • #395534 [Firefox:Download Manager]- browser. download.l astDir is ignored when right-clicking and “Save Link As …” when browser. download. useDownloadDir is true. [Win]
  • #397012 [Firefox:Menus]-menus won’t close on second click [Win]
  • #398085 [Core:JavaScript Engine]- Crash on Load [@ js_Interpret] [All]
  • #398346 [Firefox:Location Bar and Autocomplete]- Opening/closing toolbar customize breaks the location bar [All]
  • Download now.

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    Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug (Part 2)?

    By | October 5, 2007 | 5 Comments

    Opera 9.5Not so long time ago I’ve posted an article called “Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug Or A Feature?“.

    Today I’ve found one more “possible bug”. When Opera 9.23 and Opera 9.5 Alpha is running and you are trying to launch “Opera 9.5 Alpha\opera.exe” it opens you a blank page (opera:blank) in Opera 9.23 and not Opera 9.5. Why?

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    Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Update

    By | October 5, 2007 | 4 Comments

    Internet Explorer 7 IE7That should be some exciting news but there isn’t. I was actually expecting something more from Internet Explorer 7 update as it’s been ~1 year since IE7 was released. So when you get some news after 1 year “quiet” development you expect something new. Maybe that’s just me, you decide. Here’s Internet Explorer 7 Update changelog:

  • The menu bar is now visible by default.
  • The Internet Explorer 7 online tour has updated how-to’s. Also, the “first-run” experience includes a new overview.
  • We’ve included a new MSI installer that simplifies deployment for IT administrators in enterprises.
  • That’s all! Ok, now serious, what are the changes?

  • Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) check removed.
  • (Windows XP users). Will this change increase IE market share?

    Download Internet Explorer 7.

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    Extend Firefox 2 Add-Ons Contest

    By | October 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Firefox ContestAre you ready to win some great prizes? What you will need to do? What are those great prizes? Everything is really simple; you will have to develop an add-on for Firefox 2 web browser. Anything else? No, that’s all! Just an add-on and you might get one of the great prizes.

    Three Grand Prize winners will each receive an Ultimate Firefox Developer Kit, including:

  • Travel and accomodation to a Mozilla Developer Day of the winner’s choice, anywhere in the world
  • Development gear, including a brand new 15″ Macbook Pro with VMware Fusion and ActiveState Komodo
  • 1 Year Unlimited Access subscription to O’Reilly’s Safari Library
  • Firefox Ogio Messenger Bag stuffed with t-shirts, books, stickers, mugs and more
  • Twelve Runner-Up Prize winners will each receive a Firefox Pack, including:

  • Firefox Ogio Messenger Bag stuffed with t-shirts, books, stickers, and more
  • ActiveState Komodo, mug, and t-shirt
  • A $200 Gift Certificate for O’Reilly Books
  • All qualified entrants will receive, while supplies last, a Limited Edition Extend Firefox T-Shirt.

    This edition of the Extend Firefox contest will run until 11:59pm pacific time on December 31st, 2007. Winners will be announcement on about January 15th, 2007.

    See more details here. Are you ready to win?

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    Netscape Navigator 9 Release Candidate (RC) 1 Released

    By | October 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Netscape Navigator 9 Release Candidate (RC) 1Not so long time ago Netscape Navigator team released Netscape Navigator 9 Beta 3, today they are even closer to the Netscape Navigator 9 Final as Release Candidate (RC) 1 was just released. What are the changes since Beta 3 was released?

  • Added splash screen
  • Fixed formatting bug in Mac license
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing custom background colors
  • Mini-browser enhancements
  • Removed social news integration
  • Exposed more preferences in the Preference Dialog for tabs and the mini-browser
  • Fixed reversed preference for opening searches in new tab
  • Fixed Mac bundle signature
  • Fixed default icon and file assocations
  • Moved custom FTP style out of userContent.css
  • Added URL correction preferences to Advanced Preferences page
  • Added drop-down menu to print button
  • Added drop-down menu to home button
  • Added Firefox profile importing
  • Added support for importing Netscape 8 bookmarks after the initial install
  • Fixed theme issues on Linux
  • Fixed truncation of Reload button label
  • Fixed bugs with URL correction and country codes
  • Added “Save to Linkpad” option to History context menu
  • Why did they removed social news integration? They’ve decided to be “a traditional news site” instead of being a social new site. However, as Netscape Navigator team explained, those features will be available as a Propeller (new Netscape site) extension soon.


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    Adobe Launches Flash Lite 3

    By | October 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

    From their press release.

    Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the availability of Adobe Flash Lite 3 software, which now supports Adobe Flash Player compatible video and enables the delivery of dynamic Web content on mobile devices. Flash Lite 3 allows mobile device manufacturers, operators and content providers to differentiate their offerings by giving users the ability to watch Flash Player compatible video, the world’s most popular video format, and browse Flash enabled Web sites when integrated with a mobile Web browser.

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    2007 September Browsers Market Share Results

    By | October 1, 2007 | 6 Comments

    2007 September Browsers Market Share ResultsIt’s time for yet another post about web browsers market share. You may check August results here.

    It’s the second month since Internet Explorer is losing its market share. This time it felt from 78.68% to 77.86% (0.82% decrease).

    What about Firefox? Good news for Firefox fans, this web browser managed to increase its market share from 14.56% to 14.88% (0.32% increase). Maybe will reach 15% soon. Who knows…

    Safari is doing very well. Actually it managed to increase its market share from 4.68% to 5.07% (0.39% increase) and reached 5% of the market share. Congratulations.

    Opera continues to lose its market share since July, even Opera 9.5 Alpha release haven’t increased it’s market share. This time it felt yet another 0.01%, from 0.88% to 0.87% (0.01% decrease).

    Netscape slightly increased its market share after the previous 0.04% drop. From 0.71% to 0.72% (0.01% increase).

    While Opera doing not so well, Opera Mini as always continues to increase its market share from 0.27% to 0.39% (0.12% increase).

    That’s all.

    Here’s a graph of current browsers market share. Thanks to HitsLink.

    Market Share 2007 August

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    Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug Or A Feature?

    By | September 29, 2007 | 8 Comments

    Opera 9.5I was playing with Opera 9.5 Alpha a bit and noticed one annoyance. Let’s say that you are using Opera 9.23 and Opera 9.5 Alpha (Opera 9.5 Alpha is NOT set as a default browser) at the same time, got a message in any instant messenger with a link, basically if you click link, it should open with Opera 9.23 (as Opera 9.5 is NOT set as a default browser). However, somehow it opens links with Opera 9.5. So is this a bug or a feature (so we would “use” Opera 9.5″ more)?

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