Okay, that was the last straw.
Typed up a very satisfying PM response, was about to hit send but switched tabs real quick for some unknown and very unnecessary reason since I just felt a need to close that other one before I did (that'd probably be what they call OCD these days) and Opera crashed again.
Maybe seventh or eighth time the last three days.
It happens when I (I assume) am loading more content than my hardware can really handle - for example multiple YouTube videos or a large array of posts I need to edit.
Sometimes the browser boots up again with the tabs intact (but not any edits or responses I might have typed up before the crash), but sometimes nothing. Sometimes I need to both write and open things all over again.
And there's no easy 'open all recently closed tabs' alternative - at least not one that's available by default, so that's even more time spent going through sidebar history if I don't recall all I previously had open.
This new but very aggravating issue, along with how the browser still occasionally opens up tabs that just don't load - or rather now shows an elaborate error message on how the page wasn't available/couldn't be loaded, instead of loading endlessly as it did before - are the things that are ultimately making me swap browsers once again.
To Chrome. Alas. Might've been Chromium-based already but: Chrome.
I'm not a Google fan at this point, but unfortunately their browser is the only one that seems to function well enough on my current computer. I tried FireFox before, but it's too slow, so no dice. Gecko with current optimization won't do.
I've tried a few spin-off's too but lack of plugins and functionality and/or odd interface quirks had me skipping out pretty quick.
Instead of complicating things by plowing through a new selection of alternatives (Edge comes to mind - but that's Microsoft - same company that recently tried to so forcefully get users to upgrade to Windows 10 - and even more recently installed their new browser as a 'recommended system update' though it's really nothing other than bloatware if you actually have another - presumably better - browser installed - and most recently started aggressively blocking Flash - I won't forget these things you know) I'm going with the alternative one I have installed, and have previously only been using for work-related purpose, as it syncs up nicely between computers and lets me move between dues at home and office seamlessly.
FireFox does too of course but: those hardware issues.
Next step should hopefully be upgrading my computer, and so I'll be able to move back to my ideal choice, the one and only Mozilla masterpiece, but for now this is the way. The easy way. So all potential compromises considered: the only.
Opera: it was fun. For a moment. Alas you were complicated, your settings section wasn't ideal, your menu placement was somewhat confusing and I'm not a fan of the history/bookmarks/etc placement to the far left. Wish I could've changed you a bit more to my preference.
I do applaud the built-in VPN I never used. For all who do, it really is a big plus to you.