After a visitor gave up using my PC, we finally installed Opera 12.02
(KEX Win 2000 mode). It works indeed surprisingly well after learning what is where.
Although Opera doesn't load and scroll really smoother (accelerated it even makes the screen update blocky) and Twitter
website is still awfully slow (try mobile.twitter.com instead), at least it doesn't continuously lock up in eBay
Opera can import Firefox 3.6.22
bookmarks, but it was very messy to move stuff around in Opera's bookmark editor to get the tree back to the main folder. Particularly you can not(!) drag & drop them but have to use cut & paste instead. Also the bookmark bar seems unsortable, but the trick is to sort them in its corresponding bookmark folder and re-add them to the bar. Bizarre is that it often fails to load favicons; it takes sometimes an hour for a website to load it for the bookmark (despite the file seems to be in cache). Possibly it is a timeout issue because only sites those make the favicon rapidly appear on its tab also load it well for bookmarks.
I miss AdBlock Plus
(fails to install with error), but the Ghostery
plugin does its job quite well despite it is rather automatted and you can not manually block things. Instead you have use Opera's internal content blocker from context menu of the website; it lets you click on pictures but then tries to block everything from that subpath. When I want to block only a particular piece of rubbish from a page, I need to cut and paste the URL (e.g. right out of opened Firefox AdBlock Plus) into the blocker.
E.g. with eBay this blocks some annoying banners:
Blocking this removes the recommendations but also makes a little mess on "my eBay" main screen:
To make Opera look more like Firefox I had to enable the classic menu bar. There is also "opera:config" to setup things, but often the bubble help fails to load (I broke it by clearing too many cached internet privacy items?) The only different thing is that tabs stay above the address bar, and that plugin icons and download meter seem to stay in the address and can not be relocated (can they?) to a more reasonable place. Also separate start/stop buttons only exist as add-on. Also browser history displays rubbish when not opened as a separate page.
There is no "Video DownloadHelper" for it. The classic "Youtube Downloader"(?) plugin doesn't work (does nothing). Only the plugin "Download YouTube Videos as MP4" offers a very limited selection of resolutions to download them.
Most annoying is that during in text search (F3) Opera wants to update stray coloured blobs in text and even the entire "opera:config" menu window with each typed letter (does KernelEx accidentally insert a RETURN
after each key?), which often delays typing to several seconds per key press to redraw the screen. Is there any setting to kill this bugger?
On MSFN forum I now get an awful WYSIWIG editor. How can I get back the ASCII-only mode by default?
Edited by CyberyogiCoWindler, 06 December 2013 - 10:07 PM.