Archive for August 2005

Ten years of Opera

August 31, 2005

Ten years of Opera

Opera Software 1995 – 2005:
Celebrating ten years of browser innovation
Oslo, Norway – August 30, 2005

(Opera news release

It’s been ten years: Ten years of innovation and ten years of gratitude to Opera users. Today, Opera Software ASA gives back to its community.

At 15:00 CET / 09:00 AM EST today, Opera launches its online party, specifically designed for its large community following. As a sign of gratitude for the community’s continuing support, Opera will give away complimentary registration codes for 24 hours. At the party site, people can also chat with Opera employees (including the CEO and CTO), play games, check out the history of the Opera browser, download music made by employees and send in their greetings. In addition, people can check out what happened at midnight at Opera’s anniversary party….

Beginning in 1995 ago as a research project at the Norwegian telecom incumbent Telenor, Opera today celebrates ten years of browser innovation. Opera Software ASA, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, has consistently provided its users with new ways of browsing and interacting with the Web.

“On this day we celebrate our users. From the very beginning, we’ve consistently worked closely with our community to make sure we deliver the best Internet experience. In short, we would never have been where we are today without all the people who have volunteered their time and energy to Opera,” said Jon S. von Tetzchner, Opera Software CEO.

Since its small beginnings, Opera has grown to a 250-person organization that is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and boasting a healthy balance sheet. With 30 nationalities represented among the employees, Opera Software is a truly global organization, serving corporate and private customers across the world. Recently, the company launched Opera Mini™, a Web browser that can run on almost any mobile phone. This makes the innovative Opera mobile Web browser compatible with nearly 700 million phones across the world.

Looking to the future, Opera aims to continue to provide an innovative, standards-compliant, secure and easy-to-use browser for all kinds of devices and platforms.
About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, home media and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.

Opera’s browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.

Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at


Australia SUX

August 21, 2005

Australia SUX

You will need to understand how Kiwis pronounce their vowels to get (git?) this joke, which was relayed to me by a colleague at work.   By way of explanation also, there are a lot of Kiwis at Bondi (you’ve heard of Bondi beach?) in the eastern suburbs of Sydney).

On that matter, there was a bumper sticker in Bondi that read:

“Will the last Kiwi to leave NZ please turn out the lights”.

Anyway, to the joke: a Kiwi (apparently) had produced this bit of graffiti on a wall in Bondi”

“Australia sux!”

Underneath, someone else (an Aussie no doubt), added:

“New Zealand yet to score!”