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Old March 16th, 2013 #1
Alex Linder
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[as with recipes, I'm only going to put stuff in here I do myself and know works. I am no expert and make no claims my way is the best way, only that it is a good way]

I have tried various browsers. I prefer Opera. Download Opera here.

http://www.opera.com/computer/windows

Opera has a lot of extensions, and several of them are quite useful.

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/

One you just hit shift, and up pops a definition of the word. Very useful. Many times I know almost what a word means, or have what I suspect is a slightly-off idea of the actual meaning, and with this you can quickly check.

Also very useful is an in-line translator. You just highlight text and translate to English. Very useful for foreign tweets and other small stuff.

Two other extensions block pop-up ads, and ads specifically on youtube. Very useful.

Extensions are very easily added/installed, mere seconds. Other useful ones track weather at various places, track prices on certain items, and track who's tracking your web browsing. And there are dozens more I don't use but might be useful to someone.

All in all, Opera works well.

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Old March 16th, 2013 #2
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Mice and keyboards: instead of paying $15-20 or more, you can find keyboards for $2 at Salvation Army, and used mice for $1. As long as Elton John hasn't been using the mouse, it should work just fine.
 
Old March 16th, 2013 #3
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It's a good example of the quality and attention to detail we used to seeing from a European company.

Try mouse gestures, highlight and the right click a word or phrase and you'll see options for dictionary, thesaurus and a couple search engines.

Want to search say, Amazon? Type a "" into the address bar, <space> then your query. "E" is for eBay, "G" Google, "D", DuckDuck Go, etc.

Opera will be switching to the Web Kit rendering engine soon which should make it even faster than it is now.

http://my.opera.com/ODIN/blog/300-mi...move-to-webkit
 
Old March 25th, 2013 #4
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[as with recipes, I'm only going to put stuff in here I do myself and know works. I am no expert and make no claims my way is the best way, only that it is a good way]

I have tried various browsers. I prefer Opera. Download Opera here.

http://www.opera.com/computer/windows

Opera has a lot of extensions, and several of them are quite useful.

https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/

One you just hit shift, and up pops a definition of the word. Very useful. Many times I know almost what a word means, or have what I suspect is a slightly-off idea of the actual meaning, and with this you can quickly check.

Also very useful is an in-line translator. You just highlight text and translate to English. Very useful for foreign tweets and other small stuff.

Two other extensions block pop-up ads, and ads specifically on youtube. Very useful.

Extensions are very easily added/installed, mere seconds. Other useful ones track weather at various places, track prices on certain items, and track who's tracking your web browsing. And there are dozens more I don't use but might be useful to someone.

All in all, Opera works well.
I'm using it and it doesn't make my computer slow like Google Chrome did. Thanks.
 
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