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Opera 10.5 – Regaining Lost Glory

The Opera browser was the darling of the internet… some time ago. Since its glory days when it introduced tabbed browsing and other innovations, the browser has fallen from grace badly. Google’s Chrome browser, Apple’s Safari and even Microsoft’s Internet Explorer have left it in the dust a long time ago. A while back, Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner said “We consider it a bug, internally, that Opera isn’t the fastest”, and it seems that it wasn’t all talk.

Opera 10.5 has arrived and been noted. Thanks to the Carakan engine, Opera is the fastest in executing JavaScript on Windows based PC’s. Throw in the Vega graphics library and Chrome has a formidable sparring partner. Apart from that Opera has many good features.

Unite mini server-in-a-browser – Enables you to turn you computer into a mini server accessible by you anywhere via an internet connection.
Turbo – Enhanced caching that allows for a better browsing experience with slow connections

Link – Allows synchronization between computers and devices as well as the synchronization of Speed Dial, bookmarks, custom searches, history and notes are some of the notable features of Link.

Torrents – Opera has its own built in BitTorrent support

Future support – The browser already supports HTML5 and CSS3, which means that the transition for users will be fairly seamless.

Opera has also thrown in features which we have grown to expect from browsers like Private browsing mode, Phishing protection and an RSS reader. It is also designed with Windows 7 in mind, therefore it functions well with the operating system’s new features quite well. With a host of other features, Opera finally seems to have caught up and even overtaken the browser race. The response from the competition should be extremely interesting to watch.

The Windows 7 Search Feature

Once people got over their fear of what Windows 7 held in store for them, they soon discovered that the operating system was actually (and surprisingly) very good. Windows 7 has turned out to be fast and efficient, with most of its applications etc in the ‘right place’. In short, Microsoft has finally turned out a decent operating system after Windows 3.1 and Windows 98.

One of the better features in Windows 7 is the Search feature. You can activate search in two ways.

1. Click the Start Menu and type in the search bar that appears at the bottom of the menu. This Search function can find applications on the start menu as well as files in attached storage devices. This is useful if you are lazy to go through the whole menu and find the application you need to launch. If it is a file you are searching for, then the main explorer search window will be launched after it fails to find your search criteria in the start menu.

2. By launching Windows Explorer, you can activate a more localized and filtered search. You will notice a search bar at the top right hand corner of the window. You can enter your search criteria here. You will also notice that it shows a few quick filters that you can apply to refine your search. Once the search results start coming in, you will notice the results have your search criteria highlighted.

The user friendliness of the search function and its thoroughness really make this feature a winner for Windows 7 .

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