However, the speed of the internet on this machine has been driving me nuts since we got it. Every single time I've tried to use it, I've found myself sitting here shouting "WE HAVE BROADBAND!" in a vain attempt to speed it up, before giving in and booting up the old laptop. Also, vaguely related perhaps, our MP3 player that plugs into the stereo has been having "issues" accessing the server downstairs. My guess is that our wireless signal is patchy, and although the wireless card in the old laptop can cope, neither the new laptop nor the MP3 player can. This is despite the fact the little wireless LAN button in the corner of the new laptop's screen permanently says "Signal Strength: Excellent" - I've been guessing that's like a "Good Service" on the Tube.
However, I am now utterly confused about cause and effect, because after a few days of trying to get used to Firefox, I've given in and installed Opera on the new laptop, as it turned out to be free (apparently Opera's new license agreement means that home users can install & use the software on multiple machines with a single license). And the internet is back to its usual speed.
All you Firefox users - do you actually browse the internet at half the speed of Opera users? Or was I just unlucky?
I kinda fear the inevitable geek flamewar that will result from asking this question, but I really am curious. (AND YES, I STILL LIKE pico BETTER THAN vi OR emacs, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!)