Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jun 2010 00:08 UTC
Microsoft It's late here, but we're having election night, and the two leading parties are currently tied seat-wise, with a 10000-vote difference. Anyway, it gives me some time to cover a major problem: Microsoft is at it again. The company has pushed an update through Windows Update which silently, without user consent, installs two browser extensions - one for Internet Explorer, and one for Firefox.
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RE: A lot of software does this
by vodoomoth on Thu 10th Jun 2010 10:31 UTC in reply to "A lot of software does this"
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Bottom line: Don't install toolbars if you don't want extra software (wherever it may appear).

That's one of the reason why I stayed with Opera since 2001, when, out of curiosity, I "tried" it. Yes people (thinking of Thom here) have said "it does too much" but that much is exactly what I want. One keystroke to access my email and feeds account, one keystroke for my bookmarks, one for searching Google, one for Wikipedia, and one for any online service that I would choose. All of this entirely configurable to my wishes. Tabs, adblocking, tab process separation, skins, speed dial, emails, everything is available. Quite surprisingly, pioneer Opera needed Firefox and many many user complaints to bring spell-checking into the browser.

Private company, closed source, there's bloat in Opera especially the 10.50 to 10.53 versions, there's still no way to delete only one item from the cache, the HTML emails are not perfect yet, etc. I'm even writing an article on why Opera might lose me as a user. But overall, the philosophy of no extensions (widgets have even been kicked out of the browser quite recently) resonates with me.

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