I’ve just solved a very annoying problem, and it took some sleuthing! It all comes down to Adobe Bridge CS3.
You see, my main and most-used web browser is Opera (followed by OmniWeb and Flock, in that order). The most recent update of Opera introduced Speed Dial: when you open a blank tab there are ‘buttons’ that you can assign to web pages. One click and you’ve opened the page of your choice. This turns out to be a surprisingly useful feature.
The other day I was doing something, went to click on a speed dial button and realised that the tab was blank: no speed dial. I futzed around a bit, but couldn’t recover the speed dial buttons. Finally I reinstalled, losing saved passwords and things along the way.
In the days since then the problem has recurred and I’ve discovered that I have two different versions of Opera on my computer:
- Version 9.20, Build 3622, and
- Version 9.20, Build 3669.
but there is only one Opera in my Applications folder, and only one in search results.
Build 3669 does have speed dial, while Build 3622 does not. I couldn’t find Build 3622. Clearly, when I used a command to open an URL in my default browser somehow the one I couldn’t locate was opening.
Removed. Problem solved. Pah, Adobe!