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126.96.36.199 Beta (Mar 18, 2009)
Sorry, haters, I've been using AnyDVD for years and nothing else comes close to the convenience and elegance of this program. It does its magic in the background and it just flat-out works. I have yet to throw a working DVD at it that it didn't know how to handle. I wouldn't own a Windows machine without it. Mark it down as Essential.
6.0 (Jul 25, 2006)
I switched to SimplyMEPIS from Mandrake... err... Mandriva. After the disappointing performance from the last few Mandriva releases, I felt it was time to change distros. MEPIS works a treat! It found all my peripherals (including my nVidia GeForce 6200 -- just changed the settings to use the new nVidia drivers) and got me up and running in minutes.
Sure, there's a little learning curve going to a Debian-based distro from a Red Hat-based one, but that shouldn't be a problem for most people. Mepis is strongly based on Ubuntu (or rather Kubuntu, since Mepis uses KDE), but at least Mepis gives you an actual ROOT account.
Best part, the distro is a live disc. You can try it before you install, and you can install it from the live system. Definitely 5-stars in my book.
9.0 (Jun 22, 2006)
This production release of Opera 9 is fast and rock solid; a definate improvement over the Betas. Very light on resources and memory (unlike another very good browser named after a red panda). ;-)
Tip: If Opera's "kicker" icon messes-up your system tray (SimplyMEPIS users will know what I mean), start Opera with the -notrayicon flag.
9.00 Build 8501 (Jun 21, 2006)
I don't know what Chemluna, Maryk and r_soldier are talking about, Yahoo Mail works fine in Opera. Online banking thru my bank also works perfectly in Opera. My system is Linux (Mepis 6 beta 4) as well.
I've been an Opera user for many years (at least since Opera version 3), and I am quite happy with the performance, configurability and speed of this browser. I'm glad they got rid of the Widgets tab as default for the final release (I was never a fan of the Widgets). I've found Opera 9 to be very stable and will display most web pages perfectly.
Parting words: F12 is your friend. Firefox advocates need not apply, at least, not without an open mind.
9.00 Build 8501 (Mar 1, 2010 - 8:29 PM)
How long? It depends how many web developers will prevent their website from loading on IE6 and instead display a message saying something like "Your browser is not supported. Please download an updated browser to view this site." As an Opera user, I've seen many messages akin to that over the years. To add insult to injury, they'll usually supply buttons for IE and/or Firefox.
That being said, I'll give IE6 about 4 years before usage goes down below 1%.
Want some real fun? Try viewing today's web sites with Mosaic.
9.00 Build 8501 (Jan 10, 2008 - 3:11 PM)
*heh* I have one of these, and I think it's a pretty nifty little device. The SUGAR interface takes a little getting used to (especially if you're used to a more traditional modern platform), but for its designated role as inexpensive technology to enhance learning, it does an admirable job.
And who says it isn't sexy? I happen to like bright green!
9.00 Build 8501 (Jan 10, 2008 - 3:01 PM)
Could you imagine if magazine subscriptions worked like a music sunscription service? As soon as your subscription lapses, all the issues of the magazines you own become unreadable. *heh* Who would want something like that?
I'm glad to see Amazon offering DRM-less, high-quality MP3 downloads. I hope they do well with it.
9.00 Build 8501 (Oct 29, 2007 - 8:17 PM)
Don't forget the devaluation of the U.S. Dollar in the world market over recent years. Hell, even the Canadian Dollar was stronger for a while. I'm sure that would have done something to the price... and by "something," I don't mean lower the price.
9.00 Build 8501 (Aug 28, 2007 - 2:26 PM)
As long as the boards with this "feature" are clearly marked so I'll know which ones to avoid, that's fine. If *all* motherboards are eventually going to have this "feature," it'll be time to bring my Amiga 4000 out of mothballs.