Transfer/Backup Opera Settings, Profile and Sessions

Quite recently, I got a new laptop and wanted to move data from the old one to the new one. Just like and , does have a Sync service called as "Opera Link" which will allow you to sync your Bookmarks, Personal Bar, Typed History, Speed Dial, Notes and Search Engines to another computer.

Import & Export Opera Settings, Profile and Sessions

However, Opera Link does not sync your current sessions and passwords with the new computer. If you are looking to do that, a software called Stu’s Opera Settings Import & Export Tool which allows you to export your settings, profile and sessions to an archive and then later on import it back to another computer.

Migrate Opera Data and Sessions

Using this tool you can backup and/or migrate your Opera settings and data from one computer to another including your Bookmarks, Saved Sessions, Mail and chat data, Contacts, Notes, Searches, Preferences, Cookies, History, User scripts and more.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Techie Buzz Recommended Software

I started using Opera Link today to sync my data in the cloud (thanks to quite a few people’s suggestion on ) but for the Opera Settings Import & Export software a much more comprehensive way to migrate everything to my new computer.

I found the import and export process to be a piece of cake and I was able to move my Opera settings and session to the new computer in less than 5 minutes. Totally Awesome and a highly recommended download.

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Download Stu’s Opera Import & Export Tool

Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo Now Available

Mozilla has released the mobile version of their browser Beta 1 for mobile. The mobile version of uses the same technology as the desktop version and is optimized for mobile phones.

Firefox 4 Mobile

Firefox 4 beta mobile makes use of two new technologies in their architecture. The first one is called Electrolysis and allows the browser to run in a separate process. The second technology is known as Layers and improves overall performance of the browser in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.

Firefox 4 Beta also includes Firefox Sync which allows users to sync between their mobile and desktop making their bookmarks, browsing history, tabs, passwords and form fill data available on multiple devices.

Firefox 4 Beta also makes use of the latest technologies such as and also supports add-ons. If you have a or based device, you can read more about Firefox 4 Beta mobile or download it from the official Mozilla blog.

Google Adds Cloud Printing Support to Chromium

Back in August, Google added a Labs section to Chromium for showcasing the latest crazy projects from Google engineers. The Chromium Labs kicked off with only a couple of new features, but has since been expanded to include a few more features.

The latest feature to grace Chromium Labs is Cloud Printing. Cloud Print is a feature that was announced earlier by Google for the Chrome OS. In Chrome OS all the apps are web apps. This makes leveraging system drivers to enable native printing support in apps more challenging. Google Cloud Print enables these web apps to submit and manage print jobs without relying on the print drivers.

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Cloud Print can be enabled in the latest build of Chromium (7.0.547.0) by typing about:labs in the address bar to bring up the Labs section. Cloud Print compatible printers are under development. However, a proxy (a small piece of software that sits on a PC where the printer is installed) enables legacy printers to work with this new feature.

Download IE9 Beta

As I had posted earlier, Internet Explorer 9 is now available for downloads at BeautyOfTheWeb.com. The latest Microsoft browser which has already received rave reviews is ready for downloads.

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IE9 Beta downloads are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. To download it just head over to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ and click on the Download Now button.

IE9 has full integration and also supports . I will do a full review of IE9 as soon once I spend some time with so stay tuned for that.

Boxee Box Home Entertainment System – Available for Pre-Order

boxee-logoBoxee is a social media service that started out as freeware for creating HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) that can run on Windows, Mac and Linux. They’ve partnered up with the famous D-Link company, which is better known for manufacturing routers, to create the Boxee Box.

The Boxee Box is a basically a small computer (set top box) that joins your TV to your internet connection. It allows you to play media files from your home network or tons of content off the internet. You’ll find thousands of popular TV shows, movies and music in addition to many of the popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pandora.

Here’s what the Boxee site says about this new product.

    • Play what you normally watch on your computer   (whether it is on the Internet or your home network) on your TV
    • Tailor the Internet experience to a huge flat screen
    • Do it in full HD, 1080p with 5.1 surround whenever possible
    • Share the stuff you watch with your friends and see what they are watching
    • Use a simple remote rather than a keyboard and mouse

What’s it look like? What’s in it?

It looks odd to me. Here’s a peek at it.

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It comes with a unique RF remote controller that has navigation buttons on one side, and a qwerty keypad on the other side.

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They promise that the Boxee Box is easy to set up. In general, you plug it into the outlet, connect it to your TV, then Boxee pops in to tell you how to connect to the internet via your home network. If you have a previous Boxee account, it will import all of your settings and services.

Here’s what the some of the screens look like.

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I was not able to find out what operating system that they use in the box, but it runs on the the Intel CE4100 system-on-a-chip, which is a new Atom style processor. Here are the system specs quoted at Amazon.

• Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.6″

• Language Support: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

• Network Protocol Support: IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client, DNS Client, DDNS Client, HTTP Server, Samba Client, RTP/RTMP, VPN: PPTP, DLNA 1.5 (DMP)

• Wireless: 802.11n/g/b

• Ports: HDMI 1.3, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, Optical Audio (S/PDIF), Analog Audio (RCA L/R)

• Memory Card Support: SD, SDHC up to 32GB, MMC

• Audio Formats: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AIF/AIFF, AC3/AAC, OGG, FLAC, DTS, Dolby Digital/Dolby True HD

• Video Formats: Adobe Flash 10.1, FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V), H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4), VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV), MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO), MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV), Xvid (AVI/MKV), WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS)

• Image Formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF

• Playlist Formats: M3U, PLS, WPL

• Subtitle Formats: SRT, SUB, SSA, SMI, ASS

• Supported Resolutions: H.264: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; WMV9/VC-1: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; MPEG4: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; MPEG2: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps

• Two-Sided RF Remote: with 4-way navigation and full QWERTY keypad

Where to get it?

The Boxee Box is available as a pre-order for $199.00, exclusively at Amazon (in the US) and Best Buy / Future Shop (in Canada). The units are scheduled to start shipping in November and the cost will increase to around $230.

You can download the Windows, Mac and Linux software here.

Conclusion

I have a feeling that the Boxee Box will do well, but they have some stiff competition coming from Google TV, Apple TV and even Microsoft. I think they’d do much better at a price point closer to $100.

Google Continues Blocking Opera For No Apparent Reason

Google is a company that takes pride in its “Do no Evil” mantra and champions “openness”. Whether it is the Android operating system or the Chrome web browser, “open” is one word you have probably heard Google promoting. However, its actions suggest otherwise.

Recently, Google unveiled Instant Search, a potentially revolutionary feature that displays results as you type. This killer feature is supposed to work in all modern browsers. But, guess what? It doesn’t work in Opera, and it’s not quite Opera Software’s fault.

Google appears to be using browser sniffing (i.e. scripts that detect the browser being used to render the webpage) to block Opera users. Opera users accessing google.com/instant are greeted with the following message:

Google Instant is not available for your web browser.
Please upgrade to the latest version of a modern browser to use Google Instant.

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Curiously enough, clicking on the “modern browser” hyperlink will take you to a webpage that (among others) recommends Opera. Of course, this isn’t exactly a new phenomenon to Opera users. Way back in 2004, Opera Software had filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft for providing Opera users an inferior MSN user experience. Google also has a history of purposefully and unnecessarily blocking Opera. One of the most recent examples is Google’s fancy doodles.

Fortunately, there is a way out for Opera users. The solution is to simply change Opera’s user agent to mimic Firefox. Here’s a quick guide to access Google Instant Search in Opera:

  • Open www.google.com in Opera.
  • Right click on an empty spot in the page and select “Edit Site Preferences…” from the context menu.
  • Navigate to the “Network” tab and change the “Browser Identification” option to “Identify as Firefox”. Now you will be able to enable Google Instant Search.


via @brucel

Unfairly blocking competitors is anything but fair and open. It’s time that Google put its money where its mouth is. Even more importantly, it’s time that the talented engineers and coders at Google realized that browser sniffing is a really really bad idea.

Opera Mini 5.1 for Windows Mobile Improves Usability

Earlier today, Opera Software announced the launch of Opera Mini 5.1 for Windows Mobile devices. The newest build introduces a number of usability improvements to the world’s most popular mobile web browser.

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The biggest improvement is the support for high resolution devices (higher DPI), and improved page layout and font rendering. Unlike other browsers, Opera Mini, which was initially meant only for low-end handsets, doesn’t locally render the webpages. Instead it routes the requested pages through its own servers that renders the pages, compresses them and sends them back as static content. While this approach creates problems with interactive websites using AJAX and other modern technologies, it can drastically reduce data charges and even speed up web browsing on slower networks.

Other new features include support for auto-rotation, advanced configuration support for advanced users and the ability to become the default system browser. Opera Mini 5.1 contains several key improvements for the millions of people with a Windows Mobile phone,informed Jon von Tetzchner, the Co-founder of Opera Software. The new Opera Mini is particularly vibrant and really takes advantage of high resolution screens. And, now that you can set Opera Mini as your default browser on a Windows Mobile phone, it is much easier to enjoy the speed boost and data compression. It is our way of making your Windows Mobile phone better.

To download Opera Mini 5.1 simply browse to m.opera.com on your mobile phone.

Opera 10.62 for Desktop Released

Opera-Logo Opera Software has just released a minor update to Opera 10.62 for Windows, UNIX and Mac. The newest release fixes a high severity vulnerability that could have been exploited to load malicious DLL files and execute arbitrary code.

Other minor feature improvements include the addition of Fastmail and Hotmail.co.uk to the email auto-configuration list, and support for more MIME file types and suffixes for compressed tar files. Additionally, nearly a dozen bugs, many of which could have crashed Opera, have been squished.

Opera Software has also been working on the upcoming Opera 10.70 release. If you love to stay on the cutting edge you can download the latest builds from here.

[ Download Opera 10.62 ]

Instant Weather Reports with ForecastFox

weather A few months ago, I told you about the fresh looking Google Chrome extension called Aniweather. It gives you a quick weather report and five day forecast, simply by clicking an icon in your web browser.

After reading a post from the Madras Geek, I decided to try out another instant weather tool called ForecastFox. It gives me the same types of weather info, but it offers just a little bit more. You can use ForecastFox in both the Firefox and Chrome web browsers.

In Firefox, you’ll get a new toolbar in the status section at the bottom of the browser. When you hover over each icon, you’ll get different reports.

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In the Chrome browser, the ForecastFox icon is at top right of the browser.

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Here’s what the weather reports look like in Chrome:

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When you click on the map, you will be directed to the AccuWeather website to see the maps there.

To see the details of each day’s forecast, you can click on the day in the left sidebar.

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ForecastFox offers the forecast for more days than Aniweather (shown below), however the Aniweather pop-up is much nicer looking, and it’s information comes from weather.com.

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arrow-down-double-3Internet Explorer? Here’s an Accuweather Toolbar.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The ForecastFox addon/extension is excellent for keeping me up to date on weather. It stays out of the way and does it’s job with no visible hit to my system performance. It deserves a thumbs up.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Google Chrome Celebrates Second Birthday, Releases Chrome 6

Two years ago, I was introduced to , one of the fastest browsers I had ever used for a while and it still continues to be one of the fastest. You can read my first impressions of Google Chrome.

Google Chrome Browser Experience

Google Chrome also has one of the fastest development cycles, and has quickly reached version 6.0 for their stable version and version 7 for their development cycle. Chrome 7 is exciting in several ways with the introduction of hardware acceleration and voice translation along with Chrome Labs which should be part of dev channel shortly.

Today, Chrome has celebrated its 2nd birthday with the introduction of the stable version of Chrome 6 for the masses. Chrome 6 is 3 times faster than the first version of Chrome, which shows leaps and bounds of improvement.

Chrome Version 1 Chrome Version 6

The thing I have liked about Chrome is the simplicity and speed. Over the past two years, Chrome has definitely made simple more simpler with subtle changes that have made using the browser a delight. Since it’s initial release, Google Chrome has added Chrome Extensions, auto-correction and several other features which make the browser one of the best available today.

If you haven’t used Chrome yet, I would definitely suggest you give it a go by downloading it at http://www.google.com/chrome. Don’t forget to read about all the we have talked about in the past too.

Happy 2nd Birthday Google Chrome.