Date:         Wed, 23 May 2001 01:38:41 +0000
Sender:       The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 22 May 2001 - Opera
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              TOURBUS Volume 6, Number 82 -- 22 May 2001
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               TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Opera
In today's TOURBUS, we'll check out some free software from Norway
that's making a big splash with users all around the world.  Read on
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Opera is a web browser that is smaller and faster than Netscape and
Internet Explorer.  Aside from the fact that it's just a bit over 2MB
to download, Opera is a full-featured browser that's faster than the
competition, especially on computers that don't have a fast modem or
lots of memory.  
Opera runs on Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000, Mac, Linux and is available in
the following languages: Afrikaans, Celtic, Chinese, Dutch, English,
Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian,
Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Despite its small size, Opera does everything a web browser is
supposed to do.  It also has some cool features, such as multiple
windows, a powerful hotlist, and other goodies.  Opera includes a good
Usenet newsreader, supports FTP, style sheets, and SSL security.  It
also handles both Java and JavaScript.  And unlike it's rivals, Opera
actually adheres to Internet standards.  Setting aside all the
acronyms, the bottom line is that Opera will render web pages the way
they are supposed to look.
Opera is also an excellent browser for users with physical handicaps,
as it can be navigated with the keyboard only, and can scale the size
of web pages on the fly.  So depending on your monitor size,
resolution and visual acuity, you can choose to set the browser window
size from 20% to 1000% of actual size. You can also configure Opera to
work with screen reader software.
At install time, Opera will import your IE Favorites and Navigator
Bookmarks, which is a nice feature.  It's always a pain to lose your
hotlist when switching browsers.
In the past, Opera was charging for their browser, but the Opera
Version 5 browser is free.  The software is ad-supported, which means
a standard size ad banner is displayed in the toolbar at the top of
the screen.  If you want to turn off the ads, you can pay a
registration fee of US$39 ($20 for students and schools).  I think
this is a good deal for both the users and the programmers.  If you'd
like to try an alternate browser that's lean, mean, and not associated
with a billion-dollar corporation, go to the Opera!
Here's a great deal that will save you money at your favorite online
stores, AND put something extra in your pocket.  Sign up with EBATES
and you'll get rebates up to 25% of the purchase price, PLUS:
  - EBATES will give you a $5 signup bonus
  - You get a $10 Gift Certificate!
All you have to do is make a purchase through your EBATES account at
popular online stores such as JC Penney, L.L. Bean, CDNOW, Avon, The
Disney Store, Sharper Image, Vitamin Lab, Yves Rocher or many others.
It's almost like getting paid to go shopping!  You get the rebate, the
$5 bonus, and the $10 Amazon certificate.  
I haven't seen incentive deals like this for quite a while, so make
sure to jump on this one before it expires. That's all for now, I'll
see you next time!  --Bob Rankin
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