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Opera lets browser be used as a server
sfgate ^ | June 17, 2009 | Ryan Kim

Posted on 06/17/2009 4:29:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono

A Norwegian firm has created technology that allows a Web browser to also function as a Web server, allowing individuals to share their files or communicate with others directly from their own computers. Opera Software's new technology is available as part of a beta for its browser, Opera 10. The feature, called Opera Unite, enables users to push content and establish communications without the need for third-party companies, such as Facebook, AOL or Flickr.

Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner called it a giant leap in the Internet, dubbing it Web 5.0. "We're enabling every single user, every single computer to be a two-way street on the Internet," he said in a Webcast. "Every device can share information." Opera Unite is available now with six free applications built by Opera. They include applications for photo sharing, media streaming, chatting, file sharing and a bulletin board.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browser; opera

1 posted on 06/17/2009 4:29:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Now THERE is a great idea


2 posted on 06/17/2009 4:31:32 AM PDT by Mr. K (physically unabel to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: JoeProBono

Now thats change I can believe in.


3 posted on 06/17/2009 4:32:07 AM PDT by Lawdoc (My dad married my aunt, so now my cousins are my brothers. Go figure.)
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To: JoeProBono

yeah no security concerns there


4 posted on 06/17/2009 4:33:39 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JoeProBono

Ordinarily I would dismiss it as a PR stunt and one of those because-it-can tech demonstrations that doesn’t have a real-world use but given our current socioeconopolitical climate we might just need personal servers to communicate the way dissidents in Iran need Twitter right now.


5 posted on 06/17/2009 4:34:28 AM PDT by relictele
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To: JoeProBono

We have Opera on our Wii.
I would like it if it could support Flash.


6 posted on 06/17/2009 4:36:49 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: JoeProBono
I'm still waking up I guess, at first I thought the headline was
'Oprah lets browser be used as a server' and I thought 'omg, is she going to tell us she's a tech guru next?'

I need coffee.
7 posted on 06/17/2009 4:45:23 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: JoeProBono

I will pass on that idea.

I have a web server for that.


8 posted on 06/17/2009 4:46:58 AM PDT by doodad
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....hmmm, a big red O that doesnt frighten me......very nice.....


9 posted on 06/17/2009 4:47:11 AM PDT by raygunfan
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To: JoeProBono

What will the RIAA say?


10 posted on 06/17/2009 4:48:45 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: JoeProBono

If browsers are downloaded free, how do companies like Opera generate sales?


11 posted on 06/17/2009 4:49:54 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: mkjessup

“I’m still waking up I guess, at first I thought the headline was ‘Oprah lets browser be used as a server’ and I thought ‘omg, is she going to tell us she’s a tech guru next?’

Me too, ha ha. I’ve had coffee, I must need my glasses.


12 posted on 06/17/2009 4:52:10 AM PDT by beefree (Holster up, ladies and gentlemen.)
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To: raygunfan

LOL!


13 posted on 06/17/2009 4:53:10 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

14 posted on 06/17/2009 5:24:28 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: JoeProBono

Opera is a nice browser. I use it quite a bit.


15 posted on 06/17/2009 5:29:19 AM PDT by fso301
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To: ShadowAce

I poked around. No https. Your letting Opera know what files you’re making available.

I’ll pass.


16 posted on 06/17/2009 5:48:24 AM PDT by Gomez (killer of threads)
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To: JoeProBono
> Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner called it a giant leap in the Internet, dubbing it Web 5.0.

Oh, fer cryin' out loud. Can't people stop with the hyperbole for even a minute? "Web 5.0" my arse -- it's a freakin' browser. Next he'll call it a "Paradigm Shift". Can somebody tell him that P2P is old hat?

> "We're enabling every single user, every single computer to be a two-way street on the Internet," he said in a Webcast. "Every device can share information."

A colossally BAD idea, in the hands of regular users.

There's a reason SERVERS are built and run and administered differently from HOME COMPUTERS.

I got nothing against Opera, but this is not a good development.

17 posted on 06/17/2009 5:48:27 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: JoeProBono
Oh, and so much for Opera ever being taken seriously by the business computer marketplace. Every employee notebook and desktop becoming a security hole?

Not while I or any SysAdmin I know are on the job. We have enough security issues to deal with already.

18 posted on 06/17/2009 5:51:44 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: newfreep
If browsers are downloaded free, how do companies like Opera generate sales?

It's technical.


19 posted on 06/17/2009 7:52:18 AM PDT by Costumed Vigilante
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To: Costumed Vigilante

Care to share your wisdom?


20 posted on 06/17/2009 7:53:33 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m very excited about this. I designed a whole website at work almost straight from Opera. I had access to other design software during the process, but I found the easiest for doing CSS and HTML on, and getting an automatic update on the page right after. Also the fact that they have just about everything in Opera (including bit torrent software built right in, saving your websites when the computer goes out, widgets that help with design, etc.) it’s my favorite when doing design work. I do not use it however for everyday use. It still can’t handle facebook.


21 posted on 06/17/2009 8:31:50 AM PDT by Toki
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To: newfreep
Care to share your wisdom?

Opera makes money from Google via the search toolbar, and from the pre-set bookmarks which are "pay-for-play".

22 posted on 06/17/2009 9:36:30 AM PDT by Costumed Vigilante
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To: netmilsmom

How did you put Opera on your Wii?


23 posted on 06/17/2009 6:29:32 PM PDT by killermosquito (Buffalo (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: killermosquito

Opera comes with the Internet Channel.
It costs five bucks and is well worth it.

We watch YouTube videos on our plasma tv.

Tonight we were watching last season’s “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” then turned this season’s on at 9.


24 posted on 06/17/2009 7:07:19 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: dayglored

How do you feel about posting SSL pages on Opera?
(DH the CIS guy asks)


25 posted on 06/17/2009 7:13:17 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: netmilsmom

So, do I do something on the Wii to download Opera’s Internet Channel? Can you give more details? Thanks.


26 posted on 06/17/2009 7:29:57 PM PDT by killermosquito (Buffalo (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: killermosquito

No, we didn’t do a thing. As soon as we got the Internet Channel, we got Opera.

Go into the Wii Shopping Channel, go into Wii Channels and buy the Internet Channel (it will be 500 Wii points which is 5.00. That’s forever). Go back to the Wii menu and it will be in one of the squares there.

That is the browser you are given.

Like I said, we watch YouTube, and I can check MySpace or read Free Republic! All on my plasma tv.

You do have to have WiFi to get the signals to the Wii, but once you are set on that, you can get The Internet Channel as well as play MarioKart with people all around the world!


27 posted on 06/17/2009 7:42:22 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: JoeProBono

A giant leap in the Internet, dubbing it Web 5.0?

Not quite. This is not an Opera innovation. The “fishbowl” browser has already integrated a web server into a browser.

Also, Tonido did this same thing 3 months ago (http://www.tonido.com), offering a cross-platform open source app to accomplish the same goal.


28 posted on 06/17/2009 7:55:31 PM PDT by hugorand
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To: netmilsmom
> How do you feel about posting SSL pages on Opera? (DH the CIS guy asks)

From a browser? No problem -- all modern browsers can POST using SSL to a remote secured server.

This article is talking about turning every home computer into a server, administered by.... whom? Bubba the User? With what background and experience? God help the internet.

P2P is enough to do what most sharers want. There's no justification for this sort of security hole. Hole? It's a freakin' gaping maw.

29 posted on 06/17/2009 10:15:25 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

Thanks!


30 posted on 06/18/2009 3:35:49 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: JoeProBono
I downloaded the latest version and started using it today. Seems to be very fast. I am impressed.
31 posted on 06/19/2009 1:37:27 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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