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Opera's Slashdot Easter Egg and Speed Dial

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the easter-already? dept.

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Thelomen writes "Opera Browser contains an Easter egg that is not widely known, recently reported over at OperaWatch.com: type /. in the address bar and you are taken directly to slashdot.org. Other recent news from Opera is their new Speed Dial feature, present in the most recent build from Desktop Team. At first glance Speed Dial just looks like 9 bookmarks you can open with CTRL+1 to CTRL+9. However, the pages on the Speed Dial are shown in thumbnail and are automatically pre-fetched in background — a useful thing if you have some heavy pages among your top bookmarks."

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In other news... (5, Funny)

Ethercircuit (1057996) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313167)

Microsoft just announced these features will be available in IE 7.1 slated for release in Q3 2008.

Re:In other news... (1)

Barryke (772876) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313995)

Sorry for commentabuse;

I found this listed under 'Known Issues'
- "Forgetting to put your partner's blog in SD1 can have dramatic consequences"

lol :) and it has a simpson smiley next to it. 3

Re:In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18314283)

I already had my Firefox bookmark set to do this.

Hooray for Opera! (4, Funny)

dreddnott (555950) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313183)

As a classically-trained singer, I heartily endorse this software in the hopes that it will raise cultural awareness of the musical art form.

Re:Hooray for Opera! (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314591)

As a classically-trained singer, I heartily endorse this software in the hopes that it will raise cultural awareness of the musical art form.

Don't get your hopes up. The movie Firefox [imdb.com] is ranked at #14,185 for DVD sales on Amazon.com. Having a browser of the same name didn't help it one bit!

Well (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313189)

I prefer RSS feeds thank you.

No Problem (1)

bluemonq (812827) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313539)

Opera has a built-in feed reader as well.

GNAA announces switch to Windows Vista (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313563)

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Still won't use opera. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313215)

Still no ALT+D function to place focus on address bar after 9.1 versions.

How about ctrl-l or F8 (3, Informative)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313241)

And if you really want it as alt-D, then just go into Preferences->advanced->shortcuts and edit the keyboard setup.

Just add an entry for "d alt" "Focus address field" in the application or browser window section.

Re:Still won't use opera. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313249)

Try pressing F8 (focus to address bar) and F9 to return the focus to the page.

Re:Still won't use opera. (1)

Pc_Madness (984705) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313301)

Yeah, but they're not very practical, since you have to move your left hand away from the 'home' keys and your right is almost certainly on the mouse. Its my number one annoyance on the Mac as well for various browsers.. Alt + L, sure, D may not make sense, but its easier. :p

Re:Still won't use opera. (1)

Tim_UWA (1015591) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313525)

Why would you need to focus the address bar to type unless your right hand was on the keyboard?

Re:Still won't use opera. (-1, Redundant)

cbreaker (561297) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313437)

I won't use it because I see no point. I used to really like Mozilla - I was a hold out for a long time, and then I reluctantly moved to FireFox (which turned out to be just fine.) I have Firefox on all workstations I use, it works great, and I don't see any reason to use Opera. Not that I'm a developer but I also like that Firefox is open source, in case had to base my decision on that alone.

I don't see any reason to use opera, nor not use it. I feel very blah about it.

GNAA press releases (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313449)

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Re:Still won't use opera. (4, Interesting)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313547)

I don't use Mozilla/Firefox because of weird HTML bugs [vgmusic.com] in valid HTML 4.x Strict [w3.org] pages.

There's something wrong when Firefox renders something incorrectly that IE gets right. Particularly for a 9 year old standard (published 18 December 1997 [w3.org]).

Re:Still won't use opera. (1)

cbreaker (561297) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314061)

You certainly have the right to use something without odd HTML bugs that have never once affected my web browsing experience, but it seems too a little too elitist to me.

I'm sure they'll fix it eventually, but they do have a lot of work to do, and this particular problem must only affect a small number of pages, or doesn't really affect the usability of any web sites.

I know I've never used those tags on any sites I've put together. Regardless I'm not a paid web developer, but I do favors.

Anyways, it's not enough to get me to switch to a closed source program when the open source one works so well.

Re:Still won't use opera. (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313749)

I don't use Opera much, but I still have it installed alongside Firefox. The reason is that Firefox tends to render pages a little differently to IE (making them seem more...compressed vertically). I find that Opera does a better job of imitating the IE renderer.

Re:Still won't use opera. (1)

cbreaker (561297) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314041)

Yea, that's a reason I suppose. When I first switched to Mozilla several years back it was a lot more difficult. I got tired of cleaning spyware out of my machine that was downloaded secretly via IE bugs.. Once I switched the members of my immediate family over to Firefox those problems stopped dead. I didn't switch because I wanted to use open source. Anyways, many pages refused to load with "IE ONLY." Lots of pages loaded very poorly, with wrong positioning and incorrect fonts. Usually it was usable, but sometimes I'd have to load up IE.

Even as recent as three years ago, a good number of web pages had problems if you weren't using IE. Now, the number is very small and shrinking every day. These days it's mostly internal corporate apps that are broken. I bitch at our developers for doing IE only bullshit but they don't care..

I really can't remember the last time I HAD to load IE because a page rendered incorrectly. I'm sure they're still out there, but I never visit any. I do use IEtab on FireFox for when I open up Outlook Web Access.

So, since web site development standards are moving more and more toward full CSS usage and other goodies, and moving quickly away from ActiveX, it's such a small problem that I still don't think I'd bother with Opera and keeping another piece of software updated.

Re:Still won't use opera. (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314703)

That's strange, because I've been using Firefox since back when it was called Phoenix, and the only issue I ran into was filing my taxes online through H&R Block.

easter egg? (2, Insightful)

omeomi (675045) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313221)

Cool, yes. But as easer eggs go, kinda lame...where's the fighting monster video or hidden game?

Re:easter egg? (4, Funny)

l0cust (992700) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313319)

I agree. Its kinda cool and all but doesn't have the charm of real easter eggs. Now the great easter eggs would have been soemthing like:

1. Type 'nerds' and it opens slashdot, digg, and theregister in tabs.
2. Type 'mafia' and it opens RIAA and MPAA sites in tabs.
3. Type 'sux' and it opens microsoft website.
4. Type 'spam' and it opens hotmail.
5. Type 'pr0n' and it turns off the pop-up bocker, opens 20 pr0n sites and an online catalog of kleenex in tabs .
6. Type 'loser' and it opens ascii porn sites.
7. Type 'kawaii' and it opens aninewnewsnetwork and anime sections of isohunt,piratebay and torrentleech in tabs.
7. Type 'needalife' and it opens startrek and trekkipr0n sites.

Re:easter egg? (4, Funny)

GFree (853379) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313533)

trekkipr0n sites
WHAT?!? These exist and no-one ever told me?

I've wasted my life!

Re:easter egg? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313899)

suicidegirls.com

Re:easter egg? (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313543)

where's the fighting monster video or hidden game

Opera Browser contains an Easter egg that is not widely known, recently reported over at OperaWatch.com: type /. in the address bar and you are taken directly to slashdot.org

You must be new here.

Re:easter egg? (1)

IceFox (18179) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314067)

In Qt's designer pull up the "About Qt Designer" dialog and draw a circle around the logo and then click the button that appears. You find a little game where you get to see everyone who worked on Qt.

In firefox... (0)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313227)

/. takes me to file:///

Re:In firefox... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313333)

Here's a fun trick for you:

Bookmark Slashdot in Firefox. Now right-click the bookmark and select 'Properties'.

In the window that comes up, there's a field marked 'Keyword'. Enter /. into that field.

Now any time you enter /. as a the URL in your address bar, you'll be taken straight to Slashdot. If you think that's cool, do some looking into the keyword search bookmarks Firefox allows you to create.

Re:Firefox easter egg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313855)

Type http://www.slashdot.org/ [slashdot.org] in the URL bar and hit Enter. You are automatically taken to slashdot.org.
IT'S MAGIC I TELL YOU

Re:In firefox... (5, Informative)

Slack3r78 (596506) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313359)

Here's a fun trick for you:

Bookmark Slashdot in Firefox. Now right-click the bookmark and select 'Properties'.

In the window that comes up, there's a field marked 'Keyword'. Enter /. into that field.

Now any time you enter /. as a the URL in your address bar, you'll be taken straight to Slashdot. If you think that's cool, do some looking into the keyword search bookmarks Firefox allows you to create.

(Accidentally posted this anonymous the first time. Reposting it so hopefully people see it.)

Re:In firefox... (1, Redundant)

piper-noiter (772438) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313553)

Exciting. Well, not really. Both Opera and Firefox have had this ability to make bookmark keywords for a long time. Woopty-freakin-do. Ranks up with the original post in terms of unnecessary information.

Speaking of the OP, as easter eggs go, yeah it is lame. Hardly worth a post. It's all just fanboyism of one type or another.

(burning some karma.)

OR (1)

maximander (806231) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313637)

Linux:
$ sudo bash -c "echo \"66.35.250.150 .\" >> /etc/hosts "

Windows:
Start->Run-> wordpad %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
and then add the line.

Re:In firefox... (1)

GrievousMistake (880829) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313789)

So, what cool keyword searches do people like to have?
When I set up Opera, in addition to the builtin 'g' for google, I add
'gi' for Google Images,
'w' for Wikipedia,
'wkt' for Wiktionary,
'imdb' for the International Movie Database,
'animenn' for Anime News Network and
'bm' for a Norwegian Bokmål dictionary.
It's become almost indispensable. Does IE7 have this yet?

Re:In firefox... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18314049)

I remember using it extensively in IE6 before switching to mozilla browser then to firefox. I even think IE5 had this feature.

Problem is, it didn't have an exposed interface so not many people knew about it. I think you needed ietools or to edit the registry in order to access it.

Re:In firefox... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18314127)

Talk about obscure.

First, you have to know that you can right-click on an entry on the Bookmarks menu. The idea of right-clicking on a menu item is not something that comes to me immediately.

Then you have to guess that "Properties" actually covers "keyboard shortcuts".

Then you have to guess that "Keywords" actually means "keyboard shortcuts".

What is the point of spending time implementing stuff like this if it's not going to be used by anyone?

Re:In firefox... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313977)

running op on nokia 770 (maemo) and it of course brings me to the root of my machine, no sd

speeddial (1)

GregoryD (646395) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313261)

Hey all browsers have a "speed dial" function. It's called favorites or bookmarks!

Re:speeddial (1)

LosManos (538072) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313305)

hejdig.

Well they have... until you read the article and see that Opera preloads the page. Plus: ctrl-1 is more of a shortcut than alt-b d down right s down down down enter.

/OF

Heh, some easter egg (1)

Jekler (626699) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313263)

In Firefox, I've had /. set as my Slashdot keyword for years.

Re:Heh, some easter egg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313673)

Got the same here with my FF.

Nicknames/keywords (1)

pstorry (47673) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314003)

And Opera has had keywords (it calls them nicknames) since version 3, released in 1998.

I don't recall if they worked for bookmark folders at that stage, though, But I was using nicknames for folders to open all my news sites back in 2001/2002, I think - before RSS was really common it was necessary to open a whole folder of bookmarks to do my daily reading. Just typing "news" and getting El Reg, Ars Technica, Slashdot and others was very handy...

Finding a feature in a browser that Opera didn't have first or didn't have an antecedent of is very, very difficult. :-)

Re:Heh, some easter egg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18314455)

pshhhhhh.........I've had /. set as my keyword for Slashdot in firefox since the PDP-11

Uh, Firefox has this also... (3, Interesting)

DigitAl56K (805623) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313265)

Depending on your particular language version of Firefox 2, out of the box it will jump to various sites simply by entering keywords.

For example:
wp slashdot - look up Slashdot on Wikipedia
slang pwned - look up "pwned" on UrbanDictionary

Simply entering "wp" and "slang" also work because of the way the URLs are formed. As far as I know you can configure others. I haven't looked into it extensively.

Re:Uh, Firefox has this also... (3, Informative)

DigitAl56K (805623) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313279)

Sorry for the double-post, but here's how to do it and some further examples:

http://johnbokma.com/firefox/keymarks-explained.ht ml [johnbokma.com]

It's amazing what two seconds in Google turns up.

That is always good to know (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313685)

Additionally, it seems that if you type 'firefox xxxxx' in the address bar, if there is anything indexed at the Mozilla site matching that, it will open that page rather than revert to the default search engine. Try 'firefox help' 'firefox keyboard' 'firefox backup' etc.

Re:That is always good to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313799)

That's because the Firefox help page is the top hit for... firefox help.

umm ? (1)

mattydont (849321) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313313)

Who doesnt have slashdot as there home page anyway ?

Re:umm ? (1)

26199 (577806) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313461)

Because Opera uses persistent browsing there's little point in having a home page.

You just always have the pages open you had last time. If you were reading slashdot, you're still reading slashdot.

It's one of those features that you don't think about until you use it, then you can't live without it :)

Re:umm ? (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313573)

Because Opera uses persistent browsing there's little point in having a home page.

I'm not really a fan of searchbars or similar utilities, so I always go directly to search engine pages.
Right now I have Google set as my homepage, so using mouse gestures I right-click & move the mouse down a tad which will open a blank tab, then I double-click anywhere in that tab to go directly to my homepage.

Re:umm ? (1)

SolitaryMan (538416) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314007)

You just always have the pages open you had last time. If you were reading slashdot, you're still reading slashdot.
I gave up this feature in Mozilla the day some dumb ass sent me a link to goatse, when I was at work. I reacted by simply closing the browser immediately. Then I started it again...

Not an easter egg! (4, Insightful)

zsau (266209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313337)

That's not an easter egg. Easter eggs are hidden features which are unrelated to the main task of the program. Usually they give credit to the team in a fun way.

At best, this is an undocumented shortcut. Lots of software has them.

(You can tell it wasn't hidden, because the obvious shortcut for "slashdot" is "/.". If it were hidden, you'd be doing something completely unlikely and suddenly and unexpectedly get to Slashdot, like pressing Ctrl+Alt+/, then Shift+Meta+., then double clicking on the "Help" menu item.)

Re:Not an easter egg! (yet again in other news) (1)

2fakeu (443153) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313439)

my little sister told me, that easter eggs are colorful eggs well painted by some mad rabbit.

Dear Opera Developers (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313727)

Please make this shortcut to slashdot much, much more obscure. You are insulting our geekiness, and not providing us with any kind of challenge. Thank you.

Re:Not an easter egg! (1)

dkf (304284) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314207)

If it were hidden, you'd be doing something completely unlikely and suddenly and unexpectedly get to Slashdot, like pressing Ctrl+Alt+/, then Shift+Meta+., then double clicking on the "Help" menu item.

Damn, time to change the keybindings on my apps to something less obvious.

Re:Not an easter egg! (3, Funny)

zsau (266209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314267)

Damn, time to change the keybindings on my apps to something less obvious.

You use Emacs to run Opera? :)

Re:Not an easter egg! (1)

jones_supa (887896) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314235)

You can tell it wasn't hidden, because the obvious shortcut for "slashdot" is "/.".

I wouldn't say it's obvious that a browser would go to Slashdot after typing "/." in the address bar. An obvious thing would be something like that the browser would activate address bar by pressing CTRL+L. If that kind of thing was undocumented it would just be an undocumented feature. But this "/." thing I would still certainly classify as an easter egg.

Re:Not an easter egg! (1)

zsau (266209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314339)

I wouldn't say it's obvious that a browser would go to Slashdot after typing "/." in the address bar.

Wrong way. If there's a shortcut for going to slashdot, the obvious one is /. If someone told you there was a shortcut to going to slashdot built-in to Opera, /. in the address bar would be one of the first things you'd try (I hope!). Likewise, if someone told you there was a keyboard shorcut to activate the location bar, Ctrl+L would be high on your list of things to try.

But if someone told you your webbrowser had a hidden feature that caused it to quote from the opera Tristan and Isolde where would you begin?

Emacs Easter Eggs (1)

tpholland (968736) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314467)

you'd be doing something completely unlikely and suddenly and unexpectedly get to Slashdot, like pressing Ctrl+Alt+/, then Shift+Meta+., then double clicking on the "Help" menu item

So emacs is full of easter eggs...

[Ducks]

Re:Not an easter egg! (2, Funny)

R2P2 (193577) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314551)

A "completely unlikely" shortcut for Slashdot would have to involve the Windows key.

g and r (1)

LosManos (538072) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313345)

hejdig.

FYI: writing "g whatyousearchfor" opens google, "r anothersearch" opens groups.google.
It is one of those things that one won't understand how good it is before one tries it.

/OF

Re:g and r (2, Informative)

Slack3r78 (596506) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313377)

It's actually incredibly easy [mozilla.org] to create your own search keywords in Firefox, too. I've had 'gis' mapped to Google Image Search for years now, for example.

Re:g and r (1)

lbft (950835) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314085)

It's exactly the same in Opera - right-click on a search form and click 'Create search'. In the box that pops up, type your keyword of choice.

Re:g and r (1)

ParanoidJanitor (959839) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313589)

FYI: writing "g whatyousearchfor" opens google, "r anothersearch" opens groups.google.
It is one of those things that one won't understand how good it is before one tries it.


The g search shortcut is something I use on a daily basis, since it saves me the time of loading the search page. Also, right clicking on a search box and making your own search is another useful tool. A wikipedia search with this method is usually the first thing I set up in a new Opera install.

Re:g and r (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313647)

g]space] is more to type than [tab], so it's not a huge advantage for me. The other searches are useful. I'm glad Opera have implemented the control-number shortcut; I find the command-number shortcuts to jump to things in my (hidden) bookmarks bar in Safari to be invaluable.

Re:g and r (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313889)

OTOH on 640x480 screen, having the address bar fit more than 20 characters without scrolling is a boon. You can disable the google bar and use the address bar only.

How Slashdot was named ... (3, Informative)

deek (22697) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313375)


  That's very cool, and very nerdy, of Opera to add the "/." egg. I'm now tempted into downloading Opera and trying it out.

  I've often thought that the Slashdot name was an unfortunately mistyped unix dot slash (./). Fortunately, I've recently discovered that it was originally named to confuse people who tried to verbalise the URL (i.e http colon slash slash slash dot dot org). Thus now I am reassured of the proper geek foundations for this site.

  It's still a little unfortunate that Rob didn't choose "dotSlash" for this site's name. That would have appealed to the unix crowd, and would have been almost as confusing when reading out the URL (http colon slash slash dot slash dot org). Too late to change now, I suppose.

Re:How Slashdot was named ... (1)

Aoreias (721149) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313987)

That would have appealed to the unix crowd, and would have been almost as confusing when reading out the URL (http colon slash slash dot slash dot org).

Looks like it even gets easily mistyped when written out, too ;)

Not just the unix crowd (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314427)

The difference between slashdot (/.) and dotslash (./) is that the latter is in theory a legal address. Unless early monday sunshine has rotted my brain all internet addresses start with a . (.slashdot.org) to indicate the root of the address, just that it is usually left off.

The / indicates the end of the domain name and the start of, eh what is the rest called again, DAMN YOU SUN!

So ./ would be the website running on the root servers.

Or maybe I am just spouting nonsense.

Why not to put /. on speed dial (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313399)

*ring*
Anonymous Coward: Hello?
CmdrTaco: Stop requesting my website and closing the connection ungracefully!
Anonymous Coward: Say what? Who is this?!
CmdrTaco: You know who this is!
Anonymous Coward: I have no idea..
CmdrTaco: Fool! I know you have Slashdot on speed dial, don't be playin'
Anonymous Coward: But I..
CmdrTaco: I star 69'd you! Don't you be disrespecting my server no more *click*
Anonymous Coward: ..

loving it (5, Interesting)

scorilo (654174) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313415)

I use both firefox & opera on my USB stick, but I find Opera more useful. It packs a lot (email with IMAP, IRC+RSS+torrent client, widgets in a small package), and with the latest version, you can block ads and add your own searches, which you could not easily do before (though you could with Firefox). You can also have the browser read pages to you aloud which I haven't figured out how to do with Firefox.

Mod me as a troll, if you wish, but my Opera experience vs. Firefox is similar to Mac vs. Ubuntu. This is not to say that it's necessarily better, but sometimes you just don't feel like configuring everything, and for those times, it's great to have someone who does it right for you, and to top it all, gives it away for free.

Free Mac? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313551)

So where did you get the free Mac..?
Or did I miss the end of that analogy?

Re:Free Mac? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313817)

Mine was written on an old discarded ISA ethernet card.

Re:loving it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313671)

Your USB Stick has a screen??(!!!!?)

Re:loving it (1)

zuiraM (1027890) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313735)

Agreed. Now all it needs is built-in XMPP support and the Gtalk extensions to that, plus an orthodox file manager and an nvi-clone, and I'll be all set to spend most my time in Opera. :P

Firefox redirected me to some pr0n site (0, Troll)

Jusii (86357) | more than 7 years ago | (#18313737)

Just tried this with Firefox and it redirected me to a site with huge pr0n collection.

Of all articles to show up... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18313895)

I heard about this on IRC, tried it out and this article was the first one that showed.

What's the shortcut for goatse? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18314023)

Mine is set to "C:"

Opera runs without hardware DEP (0, Flamebait)

faramir_fr (831190) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314089)

Do you guys still trust a browser that runs without hardware DEP? (buffer overrun protection)

A fully patched Windows XP SP2 box that runs the latest version of Opera will turn off DEP (Data Execution Prevention) for the Opera process. Leaving the door open to buffer overrun attacks. Not good at all.

The problem comes from the fact that the DEP OPTOUT mode should be called OPTOUT + BACKDOORS. There are currently 3 backdoors section strings that when found in the executable header disable the DEP for the process. These strings are .aspack (an executable packer used by Opera, IrfanView and XNView), .pcle (currently unknown) and .sforce (the VERY UNPOPULAR game/programs copy protection).

More about this on my blog. http://blog.fabriceroux.com/index.php?blog=1&title =hardware_dep_has_a_backdoor&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 [fabriceroux.com] http://preview.tinyurl.com/2cwcom [tinyurl.com]

Re:Opera runs without hardware DEP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18314409)

I always boot the NT kernel with DEP completely OFF (AlwaysOff), DEP doesn't do that much good, it gives a false sense of security.

Holy Cow (1)

Romwell (873455) | more than 7 years ago | (#18314441)

It works !! I've beem wasting my keyboard presses for months =) As for it being an easter egg, it is: bookmark nicknames cannot contain a dot or a slash. Also, note that Opera does have bookmark nicknames, in case you didn't know, so that you can type "sd" for slashdot as well. And "g stuff" to google stuff. Etc.
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