ChangingTheWayWeSearch: Opera 9.5 Kestrel. Changing the way we search

Folks, an Alpha release of Opera 9.5 Kestrel has been…. um… released, and it looks like the bestest web browser in the world (take that, you Firefox using fools!) is going to be even betterer.

I didn’t think it was possible; after all, Opera is already very, very stable, memory light and has the best integrated email, rss and irc on the planet. So, what’s new?

Opera 9.5 promises to be even smaller, use less memory and have a more efficient mail storage for a start. Some webpages which don’t currently display well in Opera will work better too, which is nice.

That’s good, though not exactly ground breaking.

What Opera 9.5 will have though, is something very, very special indeed. It’s called historysearch, and it’s going to be big. Let me explain.

You know how normally, if you type stuff in the address bar, most modern browsers will show a list of recently-viewed urls to pick from, somewhat like auto-complete. Well, Opera 9.5 does that, but also searches within the pages themselves, and automatically presents those choices too.

Let’s give an example. Say a few days ago you read a page about Greta Garbo, but can’t remember the URL. Start typing G-r-e-t-a in the address bar, and Opera will automatically show that page in the drop down url list. Cool, or what?

But wait. There’s more.

If you go to opera:historysearch within Opera 9.5 (don’t bother trying it unless you are using Opera 9.5, of course. It won’t work in your crummy inferior browser. Yah, boo you.) and you’ll see a page listing all of your recently viewed pages and a search box. Can anyone say Local Google? Oh, you can. Good. Your cache is suddenly useful again as you can search within in it, all within Opera itself!

Damn, I love this app.

One thing though. Remember this is Alpha release stuff. Don’t overwrite your existing Opera installation as bad things might happen. The world will end, or something. On Windows, install to a different Opera directory, and on Linux (Yay!) use the .tar.gz downloads and run directly from the extracted folder. You know it makes sense.

Long live historysearch!

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