some quick tech news

Note: For one day only, you can get an ad-free version of Opera. Simply e-mail to obtain a registration code. This offer is valid from 12 a.m. Tuesday, August 30 to 12 a.m. Wednesday, August 31 2005 (PDT). (

Sounds unlikely, but it’s their tenth anniversary today, so I’m giving it a go.

Ah, Opera. The memories… versions 4 through 7, I’ve used them all at one point or another, and I was the “why not try Opera?” guy during . I’ve always abandoned them for something else as my main browser, usually because of plugins or the fact that the OS X version was absolutely appalling for at least a couple of years. There’s only so many times you can say “the new version will be ready very soon! but we can’t tell you when! we don’t want to make any promises just in case!”. Eventually they stopped bothering.

I’m thinking of using it on my iBook, though, since the keyboard controls are excellent, and I’m starting to get annoyed with Safari again and its perpetual beachballing. There are two things Safari hates: being asked to close windows, and the New York Times. Did they say something nasty about Steve Jobs’ hair? Since I spend a lot of time closing windows and a reasonable amount of time reading NYT pages this is not ideal behaviour.

Oh, Apple are supposed to be announcing something new today. Expect it to be one of:

  1. a portable USB lobster;
  2. “moving to x86? we were just having a laugh”;
  3. iTunes to sell porn;
  4. yet another frigging iPod

~snoozes in heat~

Edit @ 17:16 – so where are my damn codes then?

Edit @ 18:04 – ah, you can just go here instead to get them. Ooh. It’s wicked fast, on Windows at least.


  1. Elle Said,

    August 30, 2005 @ 2:56 pm

    4, kinda – it’s likely to be the Apple/Motorola iPhone.

  2. fridgemagnet Said,

    August 30, 2005 @ 3:34 pm

    Yes, probably something dull like that.

  3. jornt Said,

    August 31, 2005 @ 11:07 am

    I wish it was something less dull :(

    at some point I switched from opera to firefox with mousegestures (once you get used to them in opera, you really can’t do without them) probably won’t switch back… but I may take a quick peek :)

  4. Light From An Empty Fridge » This month’s purchase should be… what? Said,

    September 9, 2005 @ 10:54 am

    [...] Yes. It was another frigging iPod. [...]