Vivaldi, the Browser

You've probably heard of the web browser Opera. But you may have not have heard about Vivaldi.

From their site:

In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Our idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind that users are individuals with their own requirements and wishes. Opera was born.

Fast forward to 2015, the browser we once loved has changed its direction. Sadly, it is no longer serving its community of users and contributors who helped build the browser in the first place.

SO WE CAME TO A NATURAL CONCLUSION: We must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and a browser for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich in functionality, highly flexible and puts the user first. A browser that is made for you.

That sounded pretty cool. Back in the day I was a pretty huge fan of Opera - it was my primary/only browser for quite a while. Some of the keyboard style navigation options made life pretty awesome. I used it for my email (back then everyone was on POP3 instead of this webmail that we've all become sucked into), and contact list and whatever other features it had.

In between then and now, I've gone round and round the browser spectrum. I've tried uzbl (which does happen to be a pretty fantastic browser, btw - and as another sidenote, surf looks really interesting), but have usually bounced back and forth between Chrome and Firefox. I've never really been happy with either one. Firefox has always been Firefox - I'm pretty sure they still haven't figured out how to plug the stupid memory leak properly, so with the way I use a browser (about forty billion tabs, plus or minus three) I do have a tendency to clog my system. As of late I have had some extreme difficulty in getting Chrome not to suck, too - certain releases seem to just stop downloading files, and other sundry less-than-favorable experiences.

So the idea of a new browser, a browser made just for me was pretty exciting!

I downloaded Vivaldi and gave it a spin and I have to say I was... well, not very whelmed. Pretty underwhelmed, as a matter of fact.

My first impression was, "ooh, shiny!" Shiny Vivaldi is Shiny. Well designed with "flat" styling and clean lines, I was pretty happy with it. I could navigate around pretty quick and easily... but I found some problems.

First, settings. There aren't very many. I forget now what setting I wanted to have, but I know there was something and it wasn't there.

The other big issue that I had was swapping between tabs. By default I think it had the tab order as recently used. Which turns out to be like the most schizophrenic way of paging through tabs. Like I literally had no clue what tab it was going to go to next.

But now that I go back to look at things I find that it's actually kind of funny - I had intended for this to be a negative review, but now that I'm looking a little closer, it may just have been me. So I've changed the tab order in the settings and I'm going to give Vivaldi browser another go.

Okay - whoops never mind. Ctrl+S always tries saving the webpage, but since I'm writing this in Draft, which also uses Ctrl+S for saving a draft, there's a bit of a conflict. So it looks like I'm going to have to use Chrome for that, at least.

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