On Opera 9.5

I did not wait any longer to download Opera 9.5. It’s still fresh, and because I’m comfortable with this browser. Because I do not have many addons — like in Firefox, I just upgraded it. The upgrade process was easy, just like doing a fresh install.
The new interface looks great and well-polished. The window tab is redesigned and I think it’s much better than before. Look at the screenshot below. It uses the standard skin, special effects-enabled with “Sand” color scheme.
Opera 9.5 Standard Skin
I am not saying that I do not like the new skin desin, but I like to have it simpler. Previously, I use another skin called “Flat”. I want to keep my Opera clean so that I can focus on the website content. Here is my current skin using the same color scheme. It has slimmer tabs, not many colors, and smaller icons… and I like it.
Opera Flat Skin
I do not use all features offered by Opera because I do not use Opera as my other applications like RSS reader, email client, or chat. I choose to use web-based service like Gmail and Google Reader. About other accessories, I have some Opera widgets installed: Ruler, The Colours of The Rainbow and CSS Help. Well, I miss Firefox when it’s about extensions/addons. But, it’s fine for me if I do not have them in Opera. :)
I still want to have Opera as my best browser, but I still find it hard to have it really customized for me. I’d like have Greasemonkey really works in Opera. I know, it’s said that Greasemonkey already supported by Opera since Opera 8.0 (more about User Javascript). But, I still find it difficult to have work. Anyone? Overall, I love this release and I just hope there are more official tutorials to get the most from Opera (for users who already love Firefox); something like: How to get these in Opera?


Opera 9.5 is out!

Opera 9.5 has been released for public. There are many improvements on its features. Here are some of them:

  • Opera Link: Log in once, and bring your bookmarks, Speed Dial, and notes with you everywhere
  • Quick Find: Remember just one word on a Web page that you visited before. No more searching for those obscure urls.
  • Speed: Opera 9.5 is 50% faster than Opera 9.2
  • And last but certainly not least: Opera’s sleek new skin, inspired by the best in Scandinavian design

Currently, I’m using 9.50 beta build 10034, and I’m happy with this. Time to download the latest release now and enjoy its features. Other information about Opera 9.5 and wallpapers are also available.


Tarif Makin Murah, Layanan Makin Parah?

Beberapa minggu ini, saya mengalami cukup banyak masalah yang terjadi menyangkut sarana komunikasi telepon selular. Memang di berbagai media promosi tentang persaingan tarif antar operator layanan komunikasi makin gencar, tapi kok sepertinya makin gencar pula masalahnya ya?


Saya pengguna kartu prabayar Pro XL, sampai saat ini belum tertarik untuk pindah ke provider lain, karena alasan kepraktisan. Nomor XL ini menjadi nomor saya yang saya beli pertama kali beberapa tahun lalu. Pernah kejadian –cukup lama, dimana saya benar-benar ingin ganti ke penyedia layanan lain. Waktu itu, didaerah saya sinyal kuat, tapi jangankan untuk telepon, untuk SMS saja tidak bisa sama sekali. Adik saya yang saat itu menggunakan kartu XL juga mengalami hal yang sama. Bahkan, ketika kebetulan mengobrol dengan tetangga depan rumah, dia mengalami hal yang sama. Tapi, masalah ini hanya terjadi dalam radius beberapa ratus meter saja.

Kalau misalnya saya sedang keluar rumah dan berada kurang lebih 300 meter dari tempat saya, nomor bisa digunakan dengan lancar. Waktu itu, kejadian berlangsung selama kurang lebih 3 hari. Mungkin saking dodolnya, waktu itu saya sempat paksakan keluar rumah hanya untuk sekadar kirim SMS. Doh!


TransJogja (unofficial) site

This month, a new mass transportation system started to operate in Jogjakarta. It’s Trans Jogja. When I heard the news, I tried to get as much information as possible. But, I was unlucky. There were less information available (on the internet). Even when I checked the local goverment’s official website… I could not find any useful information.
When there was a tryout period, it was hard to find the brochures, or any information kit. From this situation, my friend (Yan Arief) and I got an idea to build a site to provide information about Trans Jogja. Hopefully, this site can be an alternative information for people in Jogjakarta and all other people who want to find information from the internet. Here we go… the unofficial site of Trans Jogja, located at
When I was about to start building this site, I decided to use WordPress. But, later… I changed my mind, I switched to Drupal. After struggling with this platform — I almost forgot last time I used Drupal — this site was silently launched. So far, we have positive feedbacks. For the last update, I would like to thank to Suara Transjakarta for the inspiration. :)


Opera Mini 4

It’s official. Opera Software just released the latest version of Opera Mini after three beta releases. It’s Opera Mini 4. In this release, there are many improvement as the entire codes were rewritten. Its rendering is also based on Opera 9.5 desktop browser. Here are some highlights:

  • Overview mode — Opera Mini 4 includes a new rendering architecture that allows you to view webpages just like you would on your computer. When you first load a webpage, Opera Mini will show you an overview snapshot of the page; using the new mouse cursor you can instantly zoom in to the selected region of the page.
  • Size of text fits width of screen — Opera Mini 4 dynamically changes the size of the text on webpages to fit the width of your phone’s screen, meaning you won’t have to scroll horizontally.
  • New standards support — Support for HTML tables, CSS handheld stylesheets, and more advanced support for CSS have been added to Opera Mini.
  • More highlights? Visit information page about the release. And do not forget to check the full features.

To download, you have three options: downloading directly from your mobile phone, PC or using SMS link. Since my old mobile phone (Nokia 3230) is also supported, I think I will download an install it.


Opera Browser 9.50 Alpha Released!

Opera Software released Opera Browser 9.50 Alpha (code name Kestrel). I use two primary browsers in my daily basis activities. Opera and Mozilla Firefox. I think I use Opera more than Firefox. I like what Opera offered (including what Kestrel introduced). Of course Opera does not have all features Firefox has, and the vice versa.
If you have plan using this release, you’d probably want to give your attention to some of these things:

  • Get to know Kestrel first (what introduced in this release, the changelog too). Opera Beta Testing page is a good place to start.
  • Backup your Opera settings, bookmark and other preferences first. If you’re not satisfied with this alpha release, you can revert your settings. I just override my installation, and I lost all bookmark, settings, installed widgets, etc. Ouch!
  • Or, you can install it in different location.
  • Read some feedbacks from blog posts, discussion forums, or other blog posts (including Digg)

I have downloaded and installed it. And so far, I LIKE it!