Oct 8, 2011

Giving Opera a shot

I normally use two browsers, Chrome and Firefox, so I can have two Gmail accounts up and running, but the newest Firefox 7 has been running just incredibly slowly.  Even if it's the only program going, it regularly hangs on random websites, claiming an unresponsive script (which work fine on Chrome), crashes a lot, seems unable to handle more than 5-6 tabs, and generally runs like shit.  I have a brand-new laptop, not the most expensive (obviously), but it's got 4 gigs of RAM and a quad-core processor, so it should definitely be able to handle a single web browser.  I've tried all manner of fixes, and reinstalled several times, but nothing seems to work.  Besides, Chrome runs great, even with more than 20 tabs open.

I've got an irrational aversion to Internet Explorer, so I've installed Opera.  I'll let you know how it goes.

3 comments:

  1. Ryan -
    I've been using Opera for years, and I really like it. Unfortunately, over the past year or so every successive version has been getting slower. It's not quite at Firefox levels yet, but it's gettin' there. Also, I've noticed that Opera has it's own quirks with website compatibility/displaying stuff correctly. Still, it's a great browser and I'm quite fond of it. I'll be interested to hear your take on it over the next few weeks.

    Also, you've only got 4 GB of RAM? You should consider upgrading it - DDR3 RAM (which I assume is what you have) is dirt cheap right now. I just bought a 4 GB stick off of newegg for $20. I know you're tight on money right now, but it's something to consider.
    -Dan

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  2. Yeah, I've been meaning to do that myself for awhile. Not sure what kind I've got, but that sure speeded up my last laptop.

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  3. About running two Gmail accounts at once, you can fix this business of running two separate browsers by going to your Account Settings page (click your name in the top right corner, click Account Settings) and you'll see a "Multiple Sign-In" option. Allow it. That way, you can sign in to multiple accounts in the same browser session without a hitch. It's been working great for me.

    Read more about it on Google's info page on using Multiple Sign-In:
    http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=28776

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