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10Oct/07Off

How Tired Of This Shit Do I Need To Be To Actually Doze Off At The Keyboard

So, I love, love Opera. It, generally, is a force of good in my life and works exactly the same across operating systems and whatnot. What I've having trouble understanding, and there is actually a question hidden in this rant, is why the fuck I have such an impossible time quitting out of the browser under OS X. Seriously, you would think that a browser that otherwise performs magnificently on this platform could successfully terminate itself. No. No, it can't. I end up choosing quit from the menu, wringing my hands for a few moments while the dreaded beach ball chases its tail a few hundred times, and pounding on the balky bastard with cmd-option-escape (force quit, in case you're not familiar with that dreaded key sequence) and a string of curses.

This has happened with every version of Opera that I've used on a Mac over the past year. I'm willing to deal with the less than optimal start up times and the weird disappearing act it pulls when you switch applications when it's starting up: the application never shows up, you click on the icon in the dock, and, pow, it is up instantaneously.

Anyone have any tweaking clues or possible adjustments I could make to avoid nuking the application from outer space whenever I need to quit? If you say switch to some other browser I will track you down and stab you. Repeatedly. In the face.

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  1. i’ve had some compatibility issues with opera while doing design work – it seems to read CSS funny, but that may just be my lack of expertise.

    i seem to recall also having some frustrations about things like plugins and privacy settings. all browsers have weird bugs here and there, but after trying just about all of them, i’ve had the least amount of frustration with firefox. [ducks in anticipation of face-stabbing]

    i’m a base amateur at browser tweaks, but what are the processes that run in the background? is there a config setting having to do with checking for page updates? or could it be something to do with the “pipeline” [whatever the heck that is] –

    i’d also love you hear your dissection of safari. personally i don’t use it because it won’t load the blogrolling.com sidebar properly – but the “reset” function is pretty handy.

  2. I’m willing to place the blame pretty squarely on Flash (which also malfunctions magnificently under Linux as well) but most performance issues while actually working are negligible. Opera is ridiculously fast and is pretty adherent to CSS standards (same with Safari although I open it to test things more than for daily use). There are actually some indispensable tools under the View menu that are really helpful when debugging CSS: view Outline and Structural Elements are the ones I use most frequently.

    Have you tried the beta of Safari? I like it much more than the stable versions. I’m using 3.0.3 for testing right now. One thing that I really dislike about Safari, for testing purposes, is how it handles cache. This has improved with the beta.

    Firefox is also around for testing but it’s nowhere near stable enough on OS X for day to day use. Granted, I pound on browsers a lot harder than most people do but I appreciate browsers that can have more than ten tabs open without eating the majority of 2 gigs of RAM. This is after fixing all the tab caching problems. I’m more a fan of Camino if I’ve actually got to do real work in a Gecko browser. Some of the functionality is missing but it goes down in flames much less often.

  3. i did indeed try the beta of safari. i ended up just not enjoying the way it handled in terms of browsing compared to firefox…and yes, camino is nice: it’s fast, which is the main thing i like about it. the other thing about opera, which it has in common with camino, is that if i’m being served up some crazy web 2.0 application trading data with the server, it’s less likely to freeze or crash in either of those two.

    i guess you just get habituated to a particular browser, and i’m habituated to the ol’ orange mammal………

  4. One thing I did that seems to have changed many things all in one large chunk is gotten rid of Google Desktop. I have no idea why I installed it in the first place but, man, getting rid of it really increased the stability of a whole bunch of applications. Again, who knows if this is something transient but all of a sudden this machine feels super snappy again. Plus, I already have Quicksilver and what more would I need?


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