In which our intrepid hero closes some tabs in Firefox.

Although I use Firefox these days, I’ve long been a fan of Opera. If it weren’t for the fact that a lot of high-traffic sites—whose designers should know better—simply don’t work with Opera, then I’d still be using it today. I generally find that it’s the fastest, most standards-compliant browser, and that it not only has superior disability support, but that its user interface features tend also to be years ahead of its competition.

One particular feature that I’ve adored for several more years than your average IE victim user is tabbed browsing. At any one time, I have up to two dozen tabs open. Which gets awfully cumbersome, especially when some half-baked Facebook app decides to open a new tab, and I have to scroll all the way to the end in order to determine what obscure breed of petunia I am.

Most of the tabbed items are things I’d like to blog about, but often take forever to get around to doing.

So, first off, we’ll start with the Sydney Morning Herald‘s report on a $AUD642 million cut to federal government spending culled from last-minute Howard government promises, ostensibly to put a brake on inflation. Presumably, too, making private schools repay $2 billion in government overfunding might make a dent in inflation, too.

On the other hand, the new Rudd government seems intent on delivering a promised $31 billion in income tax cuts. (Granted, the Liberals promised a few billion more, but that merely suggests that the latter might have had one or two more idiots in Cabinet than Labor does now.)

Considering that the pundits keep telling us that Australia’s inflation and foreign debt woes seem to be driven by the consumer sector, is it really that great an idea to provide the consumer additional security to procure credit?

More recently, Rudd decided to institute a meeting of 1000 great minds in order to plot a course for Australia’s future. Whilst less cynical minds might applaud Rudd for his inclusive attitude to policy formulation, I’m inclined to believe that Rudd’s confidence in his policy advisers is less than total.

(It would also tend to suggest that the Coalition lost last year’s election, not because its policies were worse, but because it had simply become too objectionable to be given a fifth term in government.)