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Old 04-17-2008, 03:19 PM   #1
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I really like Netscape7.2 for a number of reasons but the primary one is that it allows me to set my cookies file as read-only and I have just a few sites like my bank and couple of others in my cookies file and while cookies get generated, when I shut down Netscape, they are deleted because the file is read-only. The only time I ever get hits when I run adaware or spybot search & destroy is when I've had to use IE (oh gag!!) and I have Firefox set to clear cookies when I shut it down.

Unfortunately, I'm having problems with java when using Netscape and as it's no longer being supported/developed, I know I need to start using another browser.

Firefox is ok particularly now that I've forced it to use my settings for webpages--some pages weren't displaying properly (cleartype was screwed for wikipedia and some mozilla pages)--and found a plug-in so that history shows the date and time and another plug-in that autofills the address/url bar in a way similar to Netscape but the biggest problem I have is the way it handles cookies.

If I set the cookie file to read-only, then it creates a HUGE number of alternate cookie files--one every 4-5 seconds...it's ridiculous!--and there are some cookies that are useful but as I noted above, I've set it to clear cookies when I shut down it down and it's annoying to always have to enter my userids and passwords for sites I visit regularly that I would have saved in my cookies file if I could set it to read-only.

I'd tried Opera a number of times over the last few years and never really took to it but I decided yesterday to try it again and I'm really pleased that I can set read-only on the cookie file and it works just as it does in Netscape.

That said, there are things I don't care for and I'm wondering if, as in Firefox, there might be plug-ins that would help.

I find the way it handles the status bar/progress bar odd. I've set it so it's a pop-up at the bottom of the screen but that can be really annoying on some sites (try it on verizon.com) and I'm wondering if there might be plug-in that makes it work as every other browser does by showing the status in a fixed location at the bottom of the screen.

The autofill is terrible and I can't find an option that might change how it works--it just shows a dropdown window allowing you to choose but I want something that actually fills the url in on the address bar as I type.

It doesn't enter your userid and password (assuming you've set it save them) for sites that require them automatically, you have to ctrl-enter or click on that stupid wand.

The scroll bar is really wide and I can't figure out how to make it narrower.

Suggestions?

Thanks!

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Old 04-19-2008, 06:04 AM   #2
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I have the progress bar set to "Simple" and I like the fact that it doesn't take away screen space. As for the scroll bar, try using a different skin.

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andrew: I have the progress bar set to "Simple" and I like the fact that it doesn't take away screen space.
I had it set for simple but now I can't remember what that looked like and why I changed it to bottom of the screen...I'll try simple again...


>>As for the scroll bar, try using a different skin.

I tried one skin and may have just been not well implemented but it looked like I had 2 scroll bars instead of one--one slightly narrower one overlaying a wider one...I finally set it to Windows Native and left it at that...'-}}

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Old 04-19-2008, 02:07 PM   #4
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I didn't like the simple progress bar at first. But over time I began to appreciate its location and efficiency.

The main disadvantage I find with Opera is it runs into problems sometimes with some pages. And then I use Firefox as my high-compatibility browser. But overall, I like Opera better.
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Old 04-19-2008, 02:31 PM   #5
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andrew: I didn't like the simple progress bar at first. But over time I began to appreciate its location and efficiency.
I'll try it again and let you know what I think...


>>The main disadvantage I find with Opera is it runs into problems sometimes with some pages. And then I use Firefox as my high-compatibility browser. But overall, I like Opera better.

I need to start really using it...I do like it better than I had the last couple of times I tried it--had to be 2-3 years ago.

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Old 04-20-2008, 08:26 AM   #6
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Check out this site: http://operawiki.info/Opera. I use one of the power buttons that can be found on this page: http://operawiki.info/PowerButtons. I just dragged it from the web page onto a menu bar in Opera. I was surprised to be able to install a feature this way.
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Thank you very much for finding this...I took a quick browse and found some useful stuff...will be going back to read more...

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Old 04-20-2008, 08:46 PM   #8
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Why would you want to set the cookie file to read only?

If all you want to accomplish is to enforce session cookies only except for the few you want to be permanent (stored in the file), it's very easy to set that up as a policy in Firefox: just set it to session cookies only, and set up the sites you want to allow permanent cookies for as exceptions.

Maybe I'm not used enough to Opera yet, but I find cookie management in Firefox easier.

   
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I find cookie management in Firefox easier.
I do, too. I also have the cookiesafe plugin which gives me the ability to quickly change cookie permissions from a browser taskbar icon.

   
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FWIW, in Opera:

Tools, Advanced, Cookies
Click the site you want to set the cookie policies for
Click Edit button
Click Cookies tab

Ah wait. This is Opera. There'll be an easier way.
Ah.

F12
Edit Site Preferences
Cookies tab

   
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