And Opera will run WebKit
Yes, Opera will soon be using WebKit as its rendering engine instead of the custom built Presto.
Now, for the average web developer that didn't bother testing on Opera (desktop and/or mobile, and/or mini) it will not change anything. For web developers that bothered, well, it will make things simpler.
But but... variety is good, right?
Well, actually, variety is good and bad at the same time. Opera's efforts toward their engine will now be directed towards WebKit, and will then be used by quite a few browsers: iOS's, Chrome and Safari (hopefully Android's default browser will eventually die and be replaced by Chrome so I won't count it.)
Thanks to all the folks at Opera working on Presto for the past 15 years. I'm sure the future will hold lots of great stuff for you guys.
Inspired by Harry Potter's universe
We went with my wife and kids to see the Harry Potter studios in the UK. I have to admit that we all were fans of the books and movies, but I wasn't prepared to what went on over here. Being there, immersed in Harry Potter's universe as we had seen for so long onscreen, was truly overwhelming. So much in fact that when we went to the shop at the end of the tour and watched the magic wands there for sale, I stated to my family: "We are all going to have our own." At £25 a pop, that's £125 worth of magic wands! Well, magic seems to exist after all...
To be fair, those wands are really nice, heavy, beautiful, in nice boxes. Real collectibles, not the plastic crap I feared we would be presented with.
And off we went home, with our nice wands. I even went to the trouble of printing custom labels for all the family as you can see after the break. But as the label states, well, those are not toys. The kids got it and reacted nicely. Sometimes we get them out but we don't let them play with them on their own - and even less carry them around with friends.
But this week was Mardi Gras and one of my girls was to have a costume of ... Hermione Granger. So she needed a wand, for school. And there was no way to let her take the collectible - she even agreed with us. So I started the task of home-building custom wands for toys. A second set of wands actually as my other two kids were quick to point out.
It's a question that everyone with a website should have in mind all the time, and often a question that is pretty hard to answer. I mean, how do you know how your website is doing? You can open it up, but that says nothing of what it looks like to your users.
So, how does that work?
And a new CAPS LOCK key
Well, I changed jobs a (very) little while ago and with a new job comes a new keyboard. And with this new keyboard, invariably, comes a new CAPS LOCK key. So I usually wait a few weeks, not to come out too weird up front, and then I pop out the CAPS LOCK key. Because the CAPS LOCK key is evil.
Now, why is it evil? Well, it's just there, serving no purpose, annoying you whenever pressed, and located at a place where you will invariably hit it from time to time. jUST PLAIN MEAN. Lots of websites report on this problem out there such as capsoff.org or uncyclopedia. We are not alone here and we will prevail. Lowercases forever!
What should you do about it? You too can help, by removing your CAPS LOCK key from your keyboard. Pass the word around. Have no fear of any kind, your cause is just, strong and serves a higher purpose.