The Daily Ping

Not a toilet in the country has not been affected by the Ping in one way or another.

July 19th, 2005

A Browser Feature I’d Like to See

I love tabbed browsing, especially within a MDI like Opera. But one thing I find myself doing a little too frequently is closing a tab that I didn’t mean to close. Fortunately, Opera has a great multi-level “undo” function for this, but I’d still like to be able to set a flag for a tab that says, “Don’t let me close this tab without confirmation.”

I wouldn’t want to be asked before closing every tab, because that would just get annoying. But if there’s one tab I want to keep open for an extended time, I’d like to help ensure that I don’t close it by accident. For instance, there’s a message forum or two that I like to check frequently, so I like to keep the tab open. But 75% of the time, when I’m done reading it, I’ll close the tab rather than minimize it. That’s when a “don’t let me close this tab” function would come in handy.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday July 19, 2005 -- 10:06:12 am
This could/should be expanded into a "freeze tab" function, where the tab's placement would also be fixed. Can't close it, can't move it, but easy to toggle.



FROM: heather
DATE: Tuesday July 19, 2005 -- 10:35:39 am
so, before I download and install and basically change my life for the better, which is better - Opera or Firefox? Anyone???



FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday July 19, 2005 -- 11:25:02 am
I say "Try 'em both."



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday July 19, 2005 -- 2:42:12 pm
There is a Firefox extension that restores a closed tab, but it doesn't work in the last couple of versions.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday July 19, 2005 -- 4:42:58 pm
Heather -- I'm with Paul. Give them both a shot. Either way, you're better off than with IE.



FROM: MEF
DATE: Tuesday July 19, 2005 -- 8:38:49 pm
I have heard of this and many of the people around the office have tried it. I have never used it, but the consensus here in the office is that the Firefox browser is the better choice, One of the main reasons is that it has become a little more mainstream than the Opera browser. The address for Firefox is: http://www.getfirefox.com/

I use Firefox almost exclusively. There is the occasional web page that is written with Microsoft object and will only render in IE, so I keep it around just for that. Otherwise, it is Firefox all the time.




FROM: heather
DATE: Tuesday July 19, 2005 -- 8:58:32 pm
so far I like the ease of set up (pulled all my stuff from IE) and look of the foxfire after I set up my browser. I'm lazy and it's been easier to set up the way I want with out having to read the instructions...



FROM: Deeporg [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 21, 2005 -- 10:34:23 am
Foxfire does me justice but I never seem to use the tabbed feature so much. I use Firefox mainly for the purpose that it's more efficient (and open source) and the main point: It's not IE!



FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 22, 2005 -- 12:20:26 pm
I've been using Opera from the 3.x days, so that's my browser of choice -- I'm used to it. That said, you'll see far more JavaScript errors and broken sites...

...because they're quite extreme in sticking to standards, while FireFox actually did some non-standard things because IE did, making it look like a better browser.

I'm a standards sort of guy, and go out of my way to not patronize IE-specific sites and tools. But I would guess that the average user just wants things to "work", and should choose FireFox.

And I agree with everyone who says "it's not IE". That, right there, is reason enough to just pick one at random!



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 22, 2005 -- 3:54:51 pm
Merle -- Things have gotten significantly better with Opera. These days, I'd say 298 out of every 300 sites I visit work perfectly. Only on very rare occasions do I have to fire up Firefox (and even rarer occasions, IE).



FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 23, 2005 -- 3:10:28 pm
Ryan: you're probably right. I've been sticking with Opera5 for a long, long time -- mostly because in v6.05 they dropped the Alt-A/Alt-R shortcuts for accepting or refusing cookies on the cookie popup. I'm a freak, I want to see *every* cookies that sites put up (aside from about a dozen trusted sites). You can hit Escape, but for sites with tons of cookies you can hit it once too often and stop the load.

I do use O7.5 for yahoo email and livejournal (because I have to, they don't work in lesser versions). And I love the F12 popup!

I'll probably try O8 some day. Once I get a new computer. Unknown how it will run on a P2/400 under Win95.

As for locked tabs: I fully agree. This is a problem I have often, where I keep a window open for later consumption (weeks later) and accidentally close it. I now use bookmarks for things that have been open for a whole week.

(I use a bookmark manager, Linkman, for all my normal bookmarks -- browser bookmarks are only for quick-pick things and "locked" things)



What is this then?

The Daily Ping is the web's finest compendium of toilet information and Oreo™® research. Too much? Okay, okay, it's a daily opinion column written by two friends. Did we mention we've been doing this for over ten years? Tell me more!

Most Popular Pings

Last Week's Most Popular Pings

Let's be nice.

© 2000-2011 The Daily Ping, all rights reserved. Tilted sidebar note idea 'adapted' from Panic. Powered by the mighty WordPress.