Like most of the internet users, the default web browser has became an integral part of our daily and yet not necessarily miserable life (unless you are an avid otaku who wants nothing and nothing but anime). Otaku aside, a few of the internet users are quite picky when it comes to picking the right browser for them. Unfortunately, I’m one of these few people who got nothing better to do but trying out different browsers.
Since the previous browser comparison, I admit I was slightly attracted with Opera. Then I tried using Opera with no Chrome whatsoever for about a week and I end up being with Chrome again. Search all you want, for the time being Opera holds the title of being the world’s fastest browser. But my weekly experience of Opera tells me otherwise.
The fastest browser on earth. *With broadband internet connection.
They should’ve put that asterisk in the Opera website. Truly, I tried Opera when my internet connection have been shaped, as I’ve told you previously. At first I thought it was because I was downloading something that the page is damn slow to load, even though I’m using Opera Turbo. But when I tried using Chrome again, it was blazingly fast! I dunno what the heck happened with Opera, but you should NOT ever put the title being the fastest browser if you gotta be supported by broadband connection. Heck, my home country doesn’t even have broadband speed yet!
The fastest browser on earth. Period. *Nothing else is good.
Well, apart from the sleek interface, it got nothing else. When I was in slow connection mode, Opera failed to render several websites correctly. Now, I really don’t mind if it failed to render some unknown website, but this is YouTube I’m talking about. I felt like I was way back in the first time I learned HTML years ago with no CSS whatsoever. So hideous. And added the fact that Opera is a world-class browser who emphasizes on user interface, it’s just like adding more wood to the fireplace.
The fastest browser on earth. *With below average Flash support.
Although I myself dislike Flash-based website navigation much, I do like the idea of Flash-based web application. Without Flash, there would be no YouTube and we will all wouldn’t be able to stream our movies. It seems that Opera is somewhat sided with Jobs with this one, and it’s probably why they got through to publish Opera in the Apple devices. They decided to put the Flash support a bit below average. Again, from several times I use Flash-based web application, I only succeeded enjoying the website two or three times. Heck it doesn’t even load on slow connection.
The fastest browser on earth. *If only you know how to use it.
Well probably the reason why Opera failed me is because I don’t know how to use it. Count me as a first-time user for Opera. But then again, so many people being exposed to the concept of internet and browsers everyday, what’s the point of being the fastest browser if you’re losing market share? I compared all the browsers and here’s why Opera is difficult for first time user, their system is complicated and damn messed up.
First of all, I love the idea of syncing my bookmarks and stuffs, but you don’t have to sync your bookmarks with your mobile devices. Who in their right mind will try to download a full DVD movie that they bookmarked in their PC earlier from their cellphone? Second, I love the idea of having a cloud storage, but why the heck would you use Opera now you already got Dropbox? And third, if you try to open Firefox, Chrome, Safari, even the archenemy of web developers, Internet Explorer, you can always see the bookmarks bar on your first run. Not in Opera. End users are left to wonder where the bookmarks are, and where the menubar is.
Well the point is, even though Opera is the fastest browser on earth for the time being, it’s just not doing it right. Being a web browser is much more than just being fast. It also means that the web browser have to be easy to use, intuitive, support the web standards, simple, and yet get the job done beautifully. For me Opera, you might be the fastest browser, but definitely not the right one.
Hi there! It’s been a very busy week for me because I had two exams the previous week. I still have one more exam left next Friday. I was freaked out before facing the Advanced Java exam since I was obviously in a blank state about it. I mean, any programmers would agree that Java sucks at user interface. Nevertheless, I was able to answer the questions confidently.
Now speaking about confident, today’s post is confident enough to outline the necessary steps for surviving a long distance relationship. I’ve managed to gather a handful of tips from many websites as well as (narcissism ALERT) my own experience. “Wait a sec, YOUR own experience?” is what you might say, but yeah, I’m currently in a long distance relationship now, in case you haven’t notice it yet.
A brief explanation about my relationship though, me and my girlfriend started dating out since March 2006, near the end of our senior high school years. While at first I was the one who moved out to another city, she continues her study in China. So then began our long distance relationship.
Now before I begin listing the tips, I would like to remind you that long distance relationship at the very basic is a normal relationship, but you certainly have to put more oomph into it. Like not just more but really put some effort to it. If you survived the first part of the relationship (which refer to the first few months after separated), the next parts still require much effort, but not as hard as the initial one.
1. Define your relationship.
No matter where you are, how long you are going to be separated, etc, etc, you must first define your long distance relationship. The reason is because it helps you set the borderlines in your relationship. Obviously if it is just an offgoing-ongoing relationship, you can’t really put limitations since you’re not actually IN a relationship. The next points that I am going to list are in the context of a serious or exclusive (or boyfriend/girlfriend) relationship.
2. Communicate in every single ways possible.
You’re separated with him/her. How many ways you could possibly contact him/her? Call him/her? That’s going to cost a lot. Okay then, text him/her. Still thinking texting them is costly? Then use the messengers. Nowadays there are a lot more ways to communicate with another person than it was 10 years ago. We have Skype now, MSN, Yahoo!, AIM (if you’re in US), or many other. Text her often (but not too often, see the other points as well), call her just to know what’s her doing, email her, and make an agreement to meet and video call each other every day.
3. Defy the distance.
Now a normal relationship requires both you and the other party to do anything together. Since we now have video calls, why not do things together as well? Eat together in front of the computer, probably singing a song together, studying together, or probably play games together. It sure is different from the normal relationship, but still it is better than having nothing. It is also important that you develop some form of future plans for both of you, because in the end, you do have to make a decision to move further in the relationship or end it.
4. Be honest and trust each other.
Like in every relationship, honesty and trust are two extremely important factors for a successful relationship. In the case of long distance relationship, it gets exemplified, to the MAX. Not only you have to be honest in everything that you do, you also have to trust each other. It might be difficult to accept that your he/she is going out with their friends, and you might be jealous over a guy/girl that might be sitting next to her/him in the picture, but if they don’t say anything about that guy/girl, just leave as it is.
5. Give them their own space.
Many people tend to treat long distance relationship as the same with normal relationship. It is NOT. It is not recommended to snuff around what your significant other do in every single minute. Sure, you’re probably missing them, but you don’t have to be a jerk by messing around. They have their own stuffs to take care about, their own business. And you should respect that. Give them some space, and expect them to do the same for you. This point is quite difficult for a budding relationship, and trust me, I know about it. However it is still doable and is really important to have as it really helps your relationship to mature.
6. Visit them.
A long distance relationship also requires some form of physical contact. Therefore you have to meet with your spouse once in a while. If you’re lucky enough, your spouse might just be in another state. If your spouse is in another country, like myself, arrange your time wisely and do make sure every single day that you’ll spend with them is memorable.
From my point of view, long distance relationship is all about a balanced relationship. You have to be able to balance your daily life with the time you spent for your spouse, you have to balance not to be too clingy, while at the same time not being too independent.
My relationship is more than 3.5 years now, and we’re still in a long distance relationship. There were some hard times that we faced before, and there might be several other hardships that we might face along the way. But we try to stay positive and look forward to our future plans.
So that’s it guys, how to survive long distance relationship. I’m sure there are more lists and points to be added, but I decided that these six are the most important and the most basic in a long distance relationship. For those who are in a long distance relationship, good luck with your relationship. See you next post..!