Last week it was hot and sunny, and everyone complained.
This week it is hot and will rain, and everyone is complaining.
Whilst in a rather damp Wales (Nant-y-derry), I found this nice little scene.
Three things related to the tite Transport in this photo. Can you find them all?
For the first time in over a decade, I'm giving serious thought to ditching the Opera browser.
(For context, I started using Opera in 1996 at version 3.x,on Windows 3.11. I've bought versions of Opera in the past when they sold it. I'm a pretty staunch Opera user.)
They're switching their rendering engine to Google's Blink, which is good. But it's a major change, so Opera have wisely chosen to ship incrementally - the new version is out, but doesn’t have all the features of the old version. They'll be along in the future, apparently.
I think that's the right way to do it, and I think that the engine switch is correct - over the past couple of years, I've had too many sites start to display odd behaviour under Opera. Nothing huge, just little annoyances.
My main annoyance with Opera's strategy for this switch is twofold - no movement on Linux, and the mail client.
No movement on Linux I can kind of understand. It's probably a minority of their installed base.
And the mail client - well, it's closely tied to the old rendering engine, so they've split it out as a separate product.
It's the combination that's a killer for me - neither the new engine nor the new standalone mail client are available for Linux, and if just one became available I'd be forced to choose between mail or browsing. Basically, this situation sucks and I feel I have to at least check out the alternatives...
Briefly, then, the alternatives for browsing are either Mozilla's Firefox or Google's Chrome.
I like both. Funnily enough, Chrome works a little better with Google's services. And Firefox works better everywhere else.
Chrome has a slight edge in terms of interface - it just feels good to use. A little focus on response times and a few animations go a long way... But Firefox certainly has it beaten for functionality, especially with extensions.
It's actually a tough choice, which shows how even the browser playing field has become in recent years.
But I’ve decided to go with Firefox.
Mail is harder. Realistically, I have a plethora of choices - any IMAP client will do. Practically, the only one that remotely interests me is Mozilla's Thunderbird.
I have a feeling I'll be using Thunderbird temporarily, until I sort myself out and set up webmail properly.
I like light dappling things.
I have a version of this which doesn't have a person in it. I'm not quite sure which one I prefer, but my gut went with this one...