Archive for April, 2007

10 years of SSL in Opera

April 30, 2007 4 comments

April 30th, 1997 was the first time Opera’s SSL implementation completed a full transaction.

Opera’s Yngve Pettersen (who is one of the first Opera employees) just blogged about some of the technical aspects of implementing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support in the Opera browser. SSL, in short, is the means which provide the secure communications over the Internet.

In addition to the history on Opera’s support of SSL, Yngve also explains the future of Opera’s SSL/Transport Layer Security (TLS) implementation.

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Categories: Desktop, Security, Standards

How Opera Mini is exploding in popularity with virtually no advertisement?

April 30, 2007 7 comments

It has been only a short 15 months since Opera Mini was released, and even with virtually no paid advertisement on Opera’s part, the mini mobile browser has been exploding in popularity all across the world.

I get the Opera Mini usage statistics report every day, and I see the growth among active users continue upwards.

It’s almost mind boggling to me that it became so popular largely through the power of word of mouth.

As part of my job I attend many conferences and events; I bump into people using Opera Mini all the time. The response I usually get is more than just neutral – they’re lovin’ it.

Opera Mini just works.

Which is why people are not only using it themselves, they’re also recommending it to others. The success of Opera Mini is all due to everyone who’s convinced a friend, family member or colleague to try it.

Here’s an example of how Opera Mini is gaining traction. Martin Hansen, a reader of this blog posted the following comment (edited for clarity) to a post I wrote yesterday.

“I told my brother about Opera Mini a couple months ago, and now he uses it quite a lot. Anyway, here the other day he was recalled to the military for a week’s training operation. And in the evening after a hard days work, he goes online with Opera Mini, a perfect situation where Opera Mini is a life saver.

Well, what happened is that suddenly everyone in his squad (or whatever) now wanted Opera Mini too. And he told me the impressions of Opera Mini were good among the people. I guess this is how Opera Mini has gotten many users without much active advertising.”

PC Magazine recently gave Opera Mini a 4 star rating, saying “If you only ever download one cell phone app, download Opera… Opera Mini 3.0 might change your life. This software injects an almost desktop-quality Web browser into even relatively humble devices.”

Opera Mini is becoming so popular; it’s now competing with some desktop browsers. For example, in Ukraine Opera Mini is more used than Safari, Netscape and Mozilla combined. Now, that’s a feat for a mobile browser.

How many people have **you** told about the free Opera Mini?

Categories: Opera Mini

Review: Wii Opera-powered browser first console-based browser that works intuitively

April 29, 2007 7 comments

In a review on the Computer and Video Games (CVG) site, the Wii Opera-powered browser (Internet Channel) got a praising review for its intuitiveness and ability to quickly load pages, images and Flash video.

The review mentions some nice things about the browser, though I wanted to make a couple comments on it.

First, the reviewer says: “The PSP browser is much like its bigger brother only slower, and the DS browser, which is also provided by Opera, is agonizingly slow. Fortunately for Wii, Opera got its act together and has come up with a far better browser than we expected.”

I’m not sure what is meant by “Opera got its act together”. No comparison can be made to the Opera browser on the Nintendo DS, where Opera has to work around a total memory limit of 4MB of RAM, to the Wii, which has way more RAM. Running a browser using only 4 MB of RAM truly shows the compactness and efficiency of the Opera browser.

In addition, the reviewer seemed somewhat surprised that their site worked and rendered correctly on the Wii browser. It’s no surprise to me – after all, the Wii browser uses a more advanced version of Opera’s rendering engine than is currently available on the desktop Opera. So if the site works well in the Opera desktop browser, it should on the Wii browser too. It’s the same browser.

Categories: Opera on Nintendo recalls Opera's CEO's swim stunt with the launch of Opera 8

April 27, 2007 19 comments

Over at the Swimming section on they recently mentioned Jon von Tetzchner, the founder and CEO of Opera, and his quest to swim across the Atlantic Ocean from Norway to the US after downloads of the then newly released Opera 8 exceeded one million in the first four days.

Btw, here is how the Seattle Times summed up the stunt:

“Various Microsoft executives have swum in “Lake Bill” over the years, celebrating product launches and other milestones with a dunk in the pond in the middle of the Redmond campus.

But none of those splashdowns compares with the stunt announced last week by Opera Software Chief Executive Jon von Tetzchner. He pledged to swim from Norway to the U.S. — stopping only for a cup of hot chocolate at his mother’s house in Iceland — if a million copies of the new Opera browser are downloaded in the first four days of its release.”

Opera CEO swimming

Categories: Marketing

Apparently people are still paying for Opera support

April 27, 2007 18 comments

Just the other day I was wondering whether it’s time to remove the “Buy” link (see screenshot below) from the menu bar on Opera’s website. Having a “Buy” link featured so prominently on the page may give the false impression to potential users that Opera cost money.

On the “Buy” page there’s some information about Opera’s paid support for the browser, as well as links to some of Opera’s mobile browsers that still cost money (btw, you could download Opera Mobile for your Pocket PC and Windows Smartphone for free until June).

Now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t see much of a point of having the “Buy” page all together. Opera already has a “Support” section on its site. I’ll have to speak with the Web team about it.

I also wondered how popular the paid support actually is. After all, Opera has great support in the forums, where many Opera users pitch in for help.

It turns out that some people are still using Opera’s support. This fellow Opera user was having issues with his Opera and contacted the paid Opera support. The support team was able to narrow down his problem to VNC.

I’m curious to know whether any of you still use Opera’s paid support.


Categories: Uncategorized

Archos adds Opera to their website

April 27, 2007 5 comments

Archos recently added a new Opera sub-domain to their website over at

The Opera section on their site highlights their portable multimedia players that come preloaded with the Opera web browser. Opera powers the web browser on the Archos 604 Wifi and Archos 704 Wifi.

The Opera-powered Archos

Categories: Opera Devices

How to duplicate (clone) a tab with its browsing history in Opera?

April 26, 2007 16 comments

One of the neat tab features of the Opera browser that I use every so often is duplicating tabs. It comes in useful when you want to go back in the tab’s history, while staying on the same page.

What does it mean to “duplicate” a tab?
Opera clones the current tab with its browsing history, and still allowing you use the “Back” button in the cloned tab.

How to duplicate a tab in Opera?
Opera offers three methods for duplicating tabs (that I’m aware of)

  1. Right-click on the tab in the tab bar, and click on “Duplicate” (see screenshot below).
  2. Using Opera’s popular Mouse Gestures, hold down the right mouse button while moving down and then up then release the mouse button.
  3. Using your keyboard press the following buttons together: CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+N. It’s kind of a long keyboard shortcut, but it works. 🙂

Duplicating a tab in Opera

Categories: Desktop, Opera Tips