Latest Opera’s Speed Dial Is Too Fat

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

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4 responses to “Latest Opera’s Speed Dial Is Too Fat

  1. Patrick

    Wow. I don’t know what an “Opera” is, but maybe you should stop using it. Also, relax.

    A few other comments:
    “You should never make such a change by fiat without giving users a choice to use the prior method.”. I disagree strongly. Simplicity is more important than backwards compatibility. The designer should determine the best method for the particular situation, and kill all options.

    “My hard drive is always frikkin spinning when using the latest Opera.”. Hard drives exist to serve you. You shouldn’t care that they’re fucking spinning all the time. That’s why they exist. If you’re worried about them failing: 1) maintain good backups; 2) put $150 in a special savings account to buy a new hard drive when needed.

    “I am not happy about the prospect of that work.”. Again, computers exist to serve you.

    • mikecane

      You’ve struck out three times. But I won’t tell you how. You don’t deserve to be educated, being that goddammed smug.

    • You don’t know what Opera is??? It’s a web browser. Like Internet Explorer (your comment represented the stereotypical IE user). But better. I’d highly recommend that you check out http://www.opera.com/browser and try it.

      Mike, I think you made a confusing comparison in the post.

      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!

      For all fairness, comparisons like this should use the same number of dials and the same unit of measure.

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