Samuel Tardieu @



My washing machine died hard a few days ago. A sad death, I could not bring it back to life, the main component, the hardest to find, is defective.

To replace it, I went to the Darty web site with my favorite Firefox web browser. While looking for availability of my newly elected choice in nearby stores, Firefox decided to join my washer and died as well. I tried Mozilla as an alternative; it disappeared from my screen at the same stage in the process.

I then installed Opera, a proprietary and gratis browser. I knew it is rock-solid and fast. It definitely is.

I am disappointed to be forced to rely on non-free software. But using Opera gives me the same sensation as when programming using the Palm OS proprietary operating system. Those guys know how to program efficiently, without the bloat, while providing the user with a great experience. Good engineering is not dead.

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