My hard drive is always frikkin spinning when using the latest Opera.
It turns out they made a dramatic change to Speed Dial that’s affecting other users too.
Previously, my Speed Dial buttons were 256×192 pixel thumbnails.
Now they are bloody honking huge 1024×640 pixel “thumbnails.”
Opera claims they made this change to accommodate zoom levels.
Well, that was a mistake.
You should never make such a change by fiat without giving users a choice to use the prior method.
There’s several discussions about this at Opera Support (here’s one).
With the old Speed Dial, my thumbnails folder was 792K for 25 Dials.
With new Speed Dial, that folder is now a whopping 51.5MB for 190 Dials!
I have two new Speed Dial “thumbnails” that are over a megabyte each! For just two Dials!
No wonder my hard drive is doing a lot of work.
Quote one user:
They don’t occupy that much space on the hard drive, but apparently in the new version 11.10 they are around 1000px wide, and when stored in memory, it eats up to 200 mb, so on my computer after the latest update, with a 7×6 speed dial grid, Opera uses around ~300 Mb of RAM, with no pages / tabs open, just the speed dial !
I might have to go in and manually shrink each damn “thumbnail” down to the old size.
I am not happy about the prospect of that work.
Opera should kick out an update ASAP that does two things:
1) Universally turns off any “update” feature for Speed Dial (because Dials can now dynamically update)
2) Offers to turn off zoom and automagically regenerate all the Dials to the old fixed-sized thumbnails