Opera on the Mac great with flash

I have had problems with flash on the Mac. It slows down games, makes streaming difficult on wifi and generally just a terrible experience. So I did some research and Opera seems to make it stable and perfect.

Opera on the Mac great with flashOpera browser on the mac was better than anything else I tried. It was better than Chrome, Safari, Firefox. It was shocking really. I was not an Opera fan, but it really is smooth. For example I am streaming a flash based video from DailyMotion and playing a flash game. When I tried to do this with any other browser on the mac it was terrible. Slow and would crash every browser I tried.

So now I have a new mac browser to put in the mix. What is neat about Opera as well is that it comes with a built in advertisement blocker. You simply go into the Preferences and put a checkmark on block ads. It works better than third-party ad blockers. It doesn’t slow down or crash the browser. Plus it makes it easy for non IT people to block ads. I wish browsers all had ad blockers turned on my default.

So now I am getting the idea that there is no longer one best browser. The browser wars are in full swing and the best browser is really up for grabs. I said earlier that Safari was the best browser on the mac. Yes for most people it is. However for people who want more Opera is also a great choice. I see I stuck with Firefox too long. It had great promise but it kept getting slower on the Mac and at this stage that shouldn’t be happening.

I know that one day browsers will be easily customizable and really give you the interface that you prefer. I have always wondered why UI designers are such control freaks. Why not give people their choice of interface? Ultimately the computer is a tool and if the interface makes them more efficient then let users choose. One day this will happen. Maybe not for a decade but one day no doubt.

Until then we get goofy metaphors for functionality and archiac photo/text interface. I can’t wait until computers are thought controlled.

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Microsoft Edge browser less safe

If you have Windows 10 and using Microsoft Edge, you are less safe than using another browser.

It doesn’t have to do with the technical capacity of the browser. It comes down to a simple choice by Microsoft. Most browsers allow you to see the address of the webpage you are at by default, but Edge often hides the location of the page you are on so you really have no idea.

Why does the page you are on matter? Hackers are using fake links in emails and other ways to direct people to webpages that look like real pages. Lets say you get an email claiming to be from your bank. You click on the email, and it takes you to a page that appears to be from your bank. You put in your username and password and log in. Everything looks normal. What is the problem here?

The problem here is that the webpage you went to was fake. It was designed to look like the real webpage. It gathered your personal username and password and now they can log into your bank and steal your money. On other browsers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox it would have shown you the address of the page and you might have noticed it wasn’t the address of your bank. When Edge hides the address when you are using it, you have no idea if you are on a real or hacker webpage.

For this reason alone I would avoid using Microsoft Edge. Practically speaking, most people probably won’t be able to do what they need to do with it. It doesn’t allow additional program functionality, so it will break many webpages that depend on third-party functionality. It is disappointing that Microsoft has taken this approach. Why couldn’t Microsoft take a more moderate approach?

If you use Edge make sure you can see whatever webpage you are on. If you don’t, keep an eye on the location of the webpage it says you are on. It will save you from making a mistake and making a hackers job easy.

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