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June 21, 2006 at 1:03 PM

Backstage at the Opera performance

Whose idea was it to have Opera launch its new browser in Seattle? Credit goes to a Northwest guy working at the Oslo-based software company — desktop marketing manager, Benjamin Jacobsen, a University of Washington graduate whose parents live in Portland.

Opera had a demo glitch when the network it was using bogged down and a game widget failed to load. I’m not an expert on these things, but I think I saw the problem unfold.

Just before the problems began, one of the tech bloggers that Opera invited to the show started uploading a video he’d just taken of the press conference onto YouTube. I was sitting right behind him and saw the loading progress bar start and slowly, slowly advance — just as Opera’s chief standards officer, Charles McCathieNevile, began having difficulties up at the podium.

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