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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

 
 

Opera Now Free

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Opera Now Free -- Perhaps acknowledging the difficulty of selling a Web browser in today's Internet, Opera has freed its Web browser. While you can still choose to pay for Opera 8.5, which also features chat, contact, email, and other related features, that fee now covers support, not the software.

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Opera is offering one year of 24-hour-turnaround email support for $29; otherwise, the browser is free. Opera's browser is a bit quirky in how it renders CSS and handles JavaScript, but some folks swear by its fast rendering and certain subtle features. The company has increasingly moved into mobile and embedded browser development, in which revenue comes from licensees who pay a per phone, per customer, or per copy of software sold license. Adobe, for instance, embedded Opera's technology into Adobe GoLive CS2 product for better previewing of pages. Discussion on TidBITS Talk also points toward Opera earning sufficient money from ads shown along with search results from Google. [GF]

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