Re: Such a sorry end
"Who's going to be interested in a Chrome clone when you can just run Chrome?"
Not me, I'll just run Comodo Dragon instead. Very fast and stable, but, er, it's based on Chrome which is what I believe a Real Programmer might describe as being somewhere beetween a 'kludge', a 'crock' and a 'cruft'. Possibly all three, depending on whichever use case.
I use Opera coz it's Opera. I'm not really a power user compared to others and have only been using it as my browser of choice for a few years. But seeing as I use a gaggle of other browsers too (WaterFox, FireFox, Chrome, Dragon, IE) whenever I have to, I certainly feel informed enough to say it has the best features and workflow of the lot. It isn't any less compatible or slower in general than the others, but it certainly has no more weaknesses than the others.
Bookmarks? Even Comodo Dragon has them. Have they lost their tiny Norwegian minds? Can't remember - are they even Norwegian any more? Never mind.
And while we're about it, I've been using Fastmail for about 10 years which was recently bought out by them a couple of years back or something. 'Great' I thought; my fave browser with my fave email. How happy and superior I am. It was fun for a while. Till they brought in the 'c', 'h', 'a', 'n', 'g', 'e', 's'. Say it quietly now. NO I FUCKING WON'T! They managed to fuck up not just a perfectly usable email company, but a rather pleasant, easy to use, reliable email company. That was also rolled out as soon as they had finished the second betas. Not sure if it's the same coders (seriously doubt it), but in general I think they are ALL suffering from a severe case of 'ejaculatio praecode', and would be well advised to start practising a bit more 'codus interruptus'.
I am looking for a new mail provider and it is only legacy and lack of time reasons that keeps me faithful. For the moment. I'll remain loyal too on the browser side as long as they keep their side of the bargain on maintaining security updates for 12. Then time to jump ship.
Is it just me, or does anyone get that 'we have just passed the second Golden age of computing' feeling?
Windows 8, total loss of privacy and lack of anonymity through illegal spying (sorry, forgot, it's would only be illegal if we did it, not for them), slowdown in uptake of hardware because the machines just aren't that much faster than the ones we used a few years ago (in real terms) and they haven't even bothered to make them 'sexier' (read frigging displays that can be read at proper resolutions and not fitted with what seems to be a two way mirror).
Old and jaded and bored of it all, is this what we have all worked towards, in our little ways, with whatever little contributions we have made?
I'm in danger of going into a rant. So I'll nip myself in the bud. So I'll just finish off with a couple of adapted common usage cliches:
Farewell Opera, we hardly knew ye.
Now all your browser are belong to us.