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February 14, 2003 6:18 PM   Subscribe

Opera Borks MSN Opera 7.0.1 geefes MSN zee Svedeesh Cheff treetment. Bork Bork Bork! (No offense is intended towards any Swedes who may be reading this.)
posted by brownpau (27 comments total)

 
oooohhh!!! i read this earlier today on yahoo and was giddy...
that's all i have to say, except...

"Veekend mufeee-a gooeede-a"
posted by poopy at 6:27 PM on February 14, 2003


YES!! Take that, evil! Now microsoft will realize that screwing with one business unit to help another will bite them in the ass if they find that the million plus opera users suddenly decide they can live without MSN.
posted by Space Coyote at 6:36 PM on February 14, 2003


That's pretty funny. It's too bad Opera 7.01 tends to crash every 20 minutes or so on my system though. I really liked v6.whatever-the-last-version-was.
posted by DyRE at 6:51 PM on February 14, 2003


Nothing like a bit of fun, but this is just childish on Opera's part. They're trying to be a respectable browser company and they pull crap like this. What next? The Americans start war in Iraq, so being European, Opera releases a 'make all .com's appear in Arabic' patch? ;-)

Perhaps they could have spent the time fixing their User-Agent line instead.
posted by wackybrit at 7:11 PM on February 14, 2003


Google is so cool.

!!!
posted by Shane at 7:13 PM on February 14, 2003


wackybrit... it's a darn shame that a 'respectable company' has a sense of humour in the cold-blooded arena of capitalism. jeez.... it's a joke (at goliath!). haha.
posted by poopy at 7:37 PM on February 14, 2003


I guess wackybrit never typed "about:mozilla" into his netscape browser back in the day...
posted by Space Coyote at 7:41 PM on February 14, 2003


Nothing like a bit of fun, but this is just childish on Opera's part.

Yeah, those folks at Microsoft and Netscape are way more mature.
posted by moonbiter at 8:14 PM on February 14, 2003


Opera's CTO, Håkon Wium Lie explains MS's wrongdoing.
posted by arto at 11:33 PM on February 14, 2003


A picture says more than a thousand words.
posted by zerofoks at 12:21 AM on February 15, 2003


A picture says more than a thousand words.

Heheh.

Also, nice taste in music in your Winamp there.
posted by DyRE at 12:36 AM on February 15, 2003


Hee. See, this is why I love Opera. They have a sense of humour.
posted by sailoreagle at 2:29 AM on February 15, 2003


I'm with wackybrit on this one - would much rather have Opera fix their CSS bugs, missing DOM support, animated gif cock-ups and general javascript mishaps than spend time on this sort of thing. As it is right now, Opera gets lumped in the same category as NS 4.0+ - which means that it's just another browser that needs special attention when you're doing web development. Yuck.
posted by mschmidt at 2:38 AM on February 15, 2003


DyRE

Not my playlist... ;)
posted by zerofoks at 4:21 AM on February 15, 2003


No offense is intended towards any Swedes who may be reading this.

None taken! Vi älskar vår svenska kock! En utmärkt diplomat och en fin företrädare för vårt avlånga land!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:33 AM on February 15, 2003


But Opera is Norwegian? I guess Fleksnes isn't as internationally renowned. ; )

Opera 7.01 is, BTW, a great browser. Works perfectly for me.
posted by cx at 5:48 AM on February 15, 2003


the swedish chef doesn't speak swedish - he speaks dalmål. (selflink) Legend has it that there was an actual Swedish chef back in the early seventies who was asked to do a TV show in the states - he was nervous as he had to cook on telly and he calms himself down by talking to himself, in his own dialect, dalmål - which sounds like Bork Bork Bork even to a fellow swede. ;-)
posted by dabitch at 7:43 AM on February 15, 2003


I think its clear that Opera did this for the accompanying publicity, not childish retaliation.
posted by gsteff at 7:54 AM on February 15, 2003


about:mozilla: "And the beast shall come forth surrounded by a roiling cloud of vengeance. The house of the unbelievers shall be razed and they shall be scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days. - from The Book of Mozilla, 12:10" ;-)
posted by thunder at 9:15 AM on February 15, 2003


Wow.. I hadn't even know opera had released a version 7. Great post for that, if nuttin' else..

It seems a lot faster than 6 so far, and generally okay, but what's up wit' the little mefi icons that appear on my url/task bar? When did those get introduced?
posted by slipperywhenwet at 10:12 AM on February 15, 2003


I'm with wackybrit on this one - would much rather have Opera fix their CSS bugs, missing DOM support, animated gif cock-ups and general javascript mishaps than spend time on this sort of thing.
in my experience, opera 7's support for css is class-leading (even better than moz 1.2.1), as confirmed by these tests. dom support is quite good too.
posted by kickingtheground at 10:31 AM on February 15, 2003


what's up wit' the little mefi icons that appear on my url/task bar? When did those get introduced?

favicons were introduced with Internet Explorer, what, 4? Most major browsers support them now (Mozilla, Opera, Safari).
posted by kindall at 11:00 AM on February 15, 2003


"Favicons"? Who comes up with these names?
posted by slipperywhenwet at 11:13 AM on February 15, 2003


I think its clear that Opera did this for the accompanying publicity, not childish retaliation.

childish retaliation or publicity stunt, it was still clever, funny in a lighthearted slap against MS. btw, i first tried opera back in '98 and was so disgusted with the bugs that i quickly threw it out, but this lil' stint peaked my curiousity to check it out again. so far i'm quite impressed; so impressed that i'm recommending it to friends and family.
posted by poopy at 12:18 PM on February 15, 2003


Actually.. speaking of funny corporate practises and software.. has anyone else noticed that Opera 6 & 7 don't auto-complete the url for dictionary.com? This doesn't have anything to do with the fact that version 6 introduced that double click on a word pulldown menu offering, among other things, an online dictionary service.. not, of course, dictionary.com's..
posted by slipperywhenwet at 3:12 PM on February 15, 2003


actually Opera complies to the standards for the most part, mschmidt. so if you code to standards you really shouldnt have to worry about opera. its' low resource footprint, speedy loading, and additional features such as built in pop-up control and tabbed browsing make it more than another browser to be lumped in with netscape 4.0 (nevermind the fact that opera is not even in the league as NS4). it has become many people preferred browser not because it was installed by default on their computer, but because it is better than what was.
posted by sophist at 7:14 PM on February 15, 2003


Favicons"? Who comes up with these names?

Well, in this case, as you can probably guess from the fact that "favicon" (a contraction of "favorite icon") is less than eight characters long -- Microsoft.
posted by kindall at 10:50 PM on February 15, 2003


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