Opera Mini – Mobile browsing for human beings

There is no gainsaying that more people start their internet sojourn on a mobile phone than on a computer. And in most cases, most of these phones are not the high end, high powered ones. Having a browser that *works* and works well on these devices is thus a crucial factor in getting more people into cyberspace.
Opera Mini is perhaps the only browser that meets and beats the above criteria well. To me, Opera Mini is to mobile phones what Ubuntu is to Linux. I have been using if for the past 7 years and with the release of the 5th version, it sure looks to me the best in the world.
With tabbed browsing, a download manager, password manager, sleek interface, lightning speed, security, different display views, speed dials and more, it sure is the mobile browser for human beings. It is especially vital in not so advanced societies where the infrastructure is just not there to allow for wide scale internet connectivity.
To clarify, all the above features are standard with every Opera Mini download. What actually blows me away about this browser is the fact that is works on the very lowest of phones. All that matters is for your phone to have support for Java and you are good to go. I know there are other browsers out there that are designed for low end phones, but so far, none works flawlessly as Opera Mini.
If you have not done so yet, I urge you to give this marvelous piece of application a try. It sure works on almost any phone out there. If you are also using it, I’d be glad to hear your experience with it. I would also be more than happy to try other mobile browsers that you think are worth trying.

Internet Explorer – Simply dump it!

I’m actually wondering which has received more publicity this January; Internet Explorer or the expected announcement of the so called iSlate by Steve Jobs later today.
But whatever the case, I think for all the brouhaha surrounding IE, the only solution that ought to be prescribed is to tell people in plain, uncoded language to simply dump it in favor of any of the other browsers out there.
IE is not the best thing that happened since sliced bread. Neither is it the only browser out there. There are a dozen others that will get the job done without giving you headaches. Whether you’ve had a problem with it or not, please get yourself a different browser.
Sure you can keep it on your computer as a legacy from the 1999 era, but do not use it for your everyday stuff (unless you are a programmer and need it for testing purposes). There is Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Flock and a host of others. Get any of them. And tell your friends and family who are still using IE to also stop living in 1999 and get a better, safer browser.

Opera Unite- The art of turning a browser into a server.

Opera is the second most powerful cross platform browser out there. Surpassed only by Firefox. Yesterday, Opera 10.10 was released for download and this particular release was shipped with a wonder function called Opera Unite.
What Opera Unite does is simply to “reinvent the Web, reinventing how we as consumers interact with the Web. By giving our devices the ability to serve content, we become equal citizens on the Web. In an age where we have ceded control of our personal data to third-parties, Opera Unite gives us the freedom to choose how we will share the data that belongs to us.”
Imagine the ability to share your digital collections with your friends or the entire world, synchronize your data across your devices and basically seed your entire digital life all from your browser without any server setup whatsoever. That is Opera Unite. With Opera Unite, 
  • you can share  photos directly from your browser through the Opera Unite Photo Sharing Application
  • stream your entire music and video library to another computer, mobile phone or game console through the Media Player application
The best part of all this is that your recipient does not need to even be running the Opera browser. You can still share with them even if they are running the resource hog IE. Because Opera Unite is based on common Web technologies like HTML and JavaScript, Web developers can develop applications easily using techniques they are comfortable with. The Opera Unite server is also located in your Opera browser on your computer as part of Opera Unite. A proxy server is used when no direct connection is established and this proxy server is currently located in Norway. No data is stored on any Opera-owned servers.
Opera is really challenging what we know of a browser and frankly, they have won my admiration. What Opera Unite is doing is simply to give me a server right in the browser without me needing to setup anything whatsoever. A server with which I can share files with whomsoever I choose.
Opera itself has some enviable features like the Opera Turbo which speeds up the loading of web pages on a slow network through a server which fetches and compresses the data before sending it back to you. It is a godsend when you have the misfortune of having to use a crowded Wifi or a very slow connection like dial up. For developers, Opera invites you to submit new Opera Unite applications in a contest where you stand the chance of winning “great prizes.”
All in all, Opera is a browser that is set to go places and has done a lot of work over the years to become the second best. I highly recommend that you get a copy for your desktop and start sharing your digital life your own way.