When Opera 9 first came out, I installed it, and then quickly went back to v8.x -- too many bugs! The company has since come out with some "service releases," and so I tried 9.02, which works fine -- for the most part.
Perhaps the most-appreciated feature is the ability to selectively block content. When I am reading a deep thinkpiece on some Web page, I don't want bleeping Flash ads jumping around in my peripheral vision. Opera 9 lets me shut it down, as follows:
1. Right-click the offending ad, and then select Block Content.
2. A toolbar appears, prompting me to hold down the Shift key and select the item to block.
3. Click Done, and the ad goes away. Oh yes!
But there are still some problems:
- YouTube videos don't always play when embedded in Web pages.
- Pausing the cursor over a link used to display a tooltip with the link's URL. For some reason, this no longer works, even though I have the feature turned on.
- There is still the bug that displays TWO Quick-find buttons on top of the bookmarks panel.
I have FireFox 2, and it's quite good. I'd like to switch, since it is officially supported by Google, but I am not keen to switch, because of the hassel of reconstructing my bookmark and password lists.