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Use a 'speed dial' homepage in Safari
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 13, '08 01:14:04PM
Let's compare, shall we?
  • Opera's Speed Dial
    Local to machine, easy to configure, secure
  • Safari Dial
    Remote, awkward to configure, insecure
  • Safari bookmark bar
    Local to machine, easy to configure, secure
  • Custom home page
    Local to machine, awkward to configure, secure
Out of those, Opera's Speed Dial and Safari's bookmarks bar score equal.

Safari Dial is out, because it's completely insecure and awkward to configure.

Writing your own list of links in a custom home page is only slightly less accessible than Safari Dial, but a whole lot more secure. In fact, it was this approach that gave rise to bookmarks. Ever wondered why bookmarks were saved as a flat HTML file?

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Opera uniqueness
Authored by: ktopera on Oct 13, '08 07:13:15PM
Good run-down of Opera's Speed Dial copy-cats, but I'm sorry, it's not equal with Safari bookmarks bar.

Opera's Speed Dial has cool, graphical thumbnails that can be refreshed, that allow for modification via drag/drop, and are sync'd with Opera Link with your work computer or mobile phone using Opera (and has a web interface).

(No add-ons, no workarounds, no instability, no memory leak, no de-install/re-install when the new version comes out. It just works great -- and CMD-1,9 shortcuts are assigned, as well.)

Opera just keeps innovating, and everyone else has been following for years, in the browser space. If you haven't tried the Mac version lately, v9.6 is impressive. (And, they've followed W3C standards to increase productivity of web developers, and not lock you in with a browser that has 5-year revision cycles.)

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