Two Bad Things - Too Bad?

  • I have been an Opera user ever since you had to pay for it, and still have my key-codes for Opera 6. I have promoted and extolled this browser to all who ask, because for me, Opera has always had the best user interface.

    TWO things unfortunately mean I might change to another browser, and this makes me sad.

    1. The behind-the-scenes auto-update feature is just plain WRONG. I want to be able to choose when (and if) I update software on my computers, and Opera doing it automatically - by-passing Windows' normal security - gives me the creeps. This is the kind of behaviour I would expect from a Virus or Trojan program, not a browser. PLEASE give me a way to STOP this feature.

    2. The new Speed Dial blocky, coloured URL patches RUIN what was one of my favourite Opera features. Previously, BBC News would show the BBC News logo, BBC Cricket would show a suitable Sports banner, and BBC Weather would show a weather map: intelligently harvested thumbnails. Now, all three just show BBC with a co.uk suffix, in bold white text on a black background. These are three, very different pages, but now they all look the same. PLEASE give me a way to REVERT to a thumbnail view.

    Both the above probably took your developers a lot of time to create - but this is wasted time. Because the features are making your previously BEST-IN-CLASS software, less and less usable, in this case (1) because I consider auto-update behind my back to be POTENTIALLY MALWARE, and (2) because I can no longer distinguish at a glance whether a shortcut is to the latest news, or a weather forecast, or sporting relay.

    Brian

  • This is the kind of behaviour I would expect from a Virus or Trojan program

    Or an Operating System. Enjoy Windows 10. lol. You can disable in Opera it but it is a chore.

    These are three, very different pages, but now they all look the same. PLEASE give me a way to REVERT to a thumbnail view.

    It was never removed. The ability to select the thumbnail shown for bookmarks and speed dial entries via the Heart menu has been in Opera for many releases. Just go to the site you wish to change, click the Heart menu to the right of the address bar, and use the arrow buttons in the pop-up to cycle threw many of the images on that page, inducing a thumbnail.

    The issue you are having is that you were using the old speed dial that was depreciated some versions back. It was only selected via flags or by being 'grandfathered' in. Well, they finally removed the old speed dial and switched you over to the one thats been the default for awhile now. While the entries themselves transfer the icons do not. So, yeah, its jarring but fixable.

  • Re. the first point (auto-updates), I've tried the recommended fixes, but Opera seems to ignore my wishes.

    Re the second, thanks - fixable is good for me!

    Brian

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