Browser market shares are changing dramatically.

Kjell Gunnar Birkeland Bleivik 05.16.2010. Updated 09.03 2018.

Until an independent scientific report is published, we stand by our principle that we recommend Opera for the new surfer and every online shopper.
The above statement was written may 16th 2010. Much has happened since then. Google Chrome is naturally the most used browser in the world since it has been advertised on the webs dominant search engien. Note what we also wrote on the 16th of may 2010:
When Google, the worlds biggest SE started to launch its own chrome browser, we could expect a dramatic change in market share for the different browsers. And the browser soon gained popularity because of it's simplicity and because it was fast. The in our view most secure browser, Opera made a boost when Microsoft decided to offer a choice among 12 browsers. According to that article Opera is the most popular browser in Russia. Generally it seems to be popular in eastern europe, so if that were representative for the whole world, we could expect a much larger market share for Opera.

If you refresh this page in your browser, you will get a new randomly chosen video of 6 YouTube videos. One reasen we randomlys choose a video, is that the percentage of broken video links are larger on YouTube than on Vimeo, accroding to our experience.

The last part of the short 2010 article was this section:

Mr market has his own rule, and some say that he is smarter than the average person. Who is the average person and is he samrter than those who use the Opera browser when they shop online? I think only a thorough scientific hypothesis testing could answer that question. Until and independent scientific report is published, we stand by our principle that we recommend Opera for the new surfer and every online shopper.
We are still not aware of a serious scientific report on this subject. If you are, please send us a link to the report or send it as a PDF document (not as an email attachment :-) ).

And now Opera has a true son, Vivaldi, that is our preferred browser for some tasks. As an example, if you need to browse your browsing history log, Vivaldi is much better than any other browser. Google Chrome is bad on this, unless you find the plugin that fix it. Is that plugin better on this specific task than Vivaldi? I doubt it and will not use that plugin, since I minimize the use of browser plugins (that may open a backdoor to your system disk).

If you use Opera, this video shows fine, but if you use Operas son, Vivaldi, you get the following message:

Yo, sorry ...

Please update your browser or try a different one.

But this DailyMotion video shows fine. As always, the devil is in the details, at least 09.03 2018.

Or you may try Vimeo that has a video with the same, but not identical message.

What aout FireFox Quantum? Should you switch browser?

No, is our experience, since only Chrome, Opera and Vivaldi show old video code correct among our tested browsers in alphabetic order:

  • FireFox
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Opera
  • UCBrowser
  • Vivaldi

But FireFox has some nice features like CTRL + Shift + M that tests if a page is responsive. It is also very easy to take screen shots of a page in FireFox, In the upper right corner og the address bar, there is three ... that are clickable, with 6 options as of 09.03 2018. One of them is Take a screenshot where you can mark an clip a part of the page or take a screenshot of the full page.

The best know feature to our knowledge of Chrome and UCBrowser is the ability to save n pages in a single folder with the shortcut key combination: CTRL + Shift + D. I have not found that accelleration key in any other browser.

Now, this was a story primarily about desktop and tablet browsers. I know people that use Chrome on the iPhone and some say that Opera (what about Vivaldi?) is still the best browser on smartphones. So I have not tested the Safari browser. I leave it to other people to do that. I don't use a computer as a telephone. I call from an old mobile phone from the stone age. Don't try to convince me that I will be more productive with a smartphone or tablet than with my 5 year old Dell computer with 32 Gb ram, 3 Tb storage, a touch screen and a touch pad that can be configured like a smartphone if I want to talk to a bot like Cortana or Siri. My children use SmartPhones for surfing and browsing. They are web consumers. I am a producer.

By the way, today my daughters 8 year old son called me from his watch and told me to meet him on school today. He is not allowed to walk along the road alone. About an hour later his mother called me from her smartphone and said that I should go and meet him today. He has already called me, I told her. A watch with an inbuild phone is better for chidren than a smartphone, since it is cheaper and much easier to loose a smartphone than a watch. Will a smartwatch have a minimalistic (hopefully secure) browser?

What does this short article tell us? If you want to present a product or service online that can be viewed in most browsers, you may reach a broader audienxe if you use a presentation instead of a video. Professor James A. Hendler, has a good SlideShare page with a lot of interesting presentations.

If you want your presentations spread, that is also easy on SlideShare with the embedding option that was not responsive when I wrote this article. It is easy to embed the presentation responsively by using iFramely.

"Transclusive" link: F5 will show another slide for the example below.

Example | Slides about the future and semantic web by Professer James Hendler

The global information space.

Kjell Gunnar Birkeland Bleivik 01.14.2009. Updated 09.21.2018.

So by using your personal toolbar, configuring your speed dial page and installing your favourite search engines you can dramatically improve your web browsing and surfing using the Opera web browser.

Finding the right information online depends on your tools. Web browsers and searh engines becomes more and more advanced. Bookmarking sites and social media sites are the latest trend. You may discover sites you don't know on a search engine ande sites like Instagram, Digg and StumbleUpon that has now moved to Mix. Tumblr is now part of Oath (A verizon company) like HuffPost, Yahoo Mail, TechCrunch and many more. You may also discover sites via social media sites like Twitter and FaceBook and video sharing sites like dailymotion, YouTube and Vimeo. The digital (cyber)revolution is more silent, but much faster than the industrial revolutionm, even if the industrial revolution and the internet of things IoT developes at an acellerated pace. We wrote this in january 2019:

Infosys Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: INFY) was started in 1981 by seven people with US$ 250. Today, we are a global leader in the "next generation" of IT and consulting with revenues of over US$ 4 billion.

What has Infosys in common with Google? Both companies are dynamic and adapt to changes. Both companies started we small resources but soon become large companies. In a world of equal opportunities other small companies will have a similar potential. In september 2018 InfoSys and Australian Open, the first of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, announce strategic digital partnership and are now declared official digital innovation partners. That is what we call adaptation. We wait and see for the digital innovation.

But competition is fierce and a few suceed. Online banking and more generally online business will reduce the cost of financial and other services dramatically. Block chain technology and smart contracts may reduce banks to decentralized IT companies and some intermediaries will disappear. Everything we know about today is going to be disrupted by blockchain technology. It may favour companies like Infosys because of the relatively lower wage level in India than in the west. Those companies that understand the technological and cultural trends will be tomorrows winners. Information and communication logistics are extremely important in this evolution.

Depending on what you look for, you may use a search engine or a portal you already know. There are a lot of sites that compare prices and you can make your own by using tools from Newprosoft like the Web Content Extractor or the Visual Web Spider. The last is a fully automated, multithreaded web crawler that allows you to index and collect specific web pages on the internet. In other words, you can configure your own search engine on your desktop.

Search operators are a great way to target and refine your search. For example, if you want to find US web directories, the following query may help you: Google site:*.us + web directory and you find both regional, general and global web directories to browse. You find more directories if you use the same search where you replace .us with since you find directores from countries in the former British commonwealth like New Zealand in the last search. That was written i 2009. An even more precise query is: site:us + web directory.

We will not repeat web searching here, since it is fully covered on the sister page, SurfToolbar. For that reason it is important to choose a good webbrowser and configure it to fit your needs. For some time it has been known that Google has worked on their own browser, and some believed it was the Mozilla browser. But on august 2nd 2008, Google gives another fresh look at their browser called Google Chrome.

"So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web. All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends -- all using a browser. Because we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if we started from scratch and built on the best elements out there. We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build".

It is very easy to configure Opera to seamlessly fit your personal needs. To cite from their site:

"Adding new searches Opera comes with a useful set of default search engines, but you may want to add some of your own favorite searches to the mix. Adding a new search is most conveniently done as follows: (My addition: CTRL + F12 gives you an overview)

  1. Go to the site that has the search you want.
  2. Right-click the search field.
  3. Select "Create search" from the context menu.
  4. Edit the name of the search engine to your liking.
  5. Add a short keyword to be able to use the search engine directly from the address field, as described above.
  6. Click "OK", and the new search is added and can be used anywhere within Opera.
If you want to make the new search your default search engine, expand the dialog by clicking the "Details" button, and check the "Use as default search engine" box. You can also make it your default search engine for Speed Dial by checking the "Use as Speed Dial search engine" box. In the expanded dialog, you can also edit the search string directly and specify that the POST method should be used for this search".

So by using your personal toolbar, configuring your speed dial page and installing your favourite search engines you can dramatically improve your web browsing and surfing using the Opera web browser.

Browsetoolbar is a colletion of international and regional links (ordered links on the menu) to:

  • Portals.
  • Directories.
  • Archieves.
  • Libraries
  • Related resources

that we have found surfing the web since its start.