Last night I took a step I had been putting off for some time. I\ncompletely deleted all traces of Netscape from this computer. Now I'm\nwondering why it took so long.\n\nI'm not sure what made it turn into the computer equivalent of a ball\nand chain. But in the past few months it had developed an annoying habit\nof not starting. I'd click the icon and nothing would happen for thirty\nor more seconds. Then it would come up with sections missing, or I would\njust get the toolbar across the top of the screen and nothing else. A\nquick Ctrl-Alt-Delete would put it right, but sometimes I would have to\ndo it twice. Other times it would start with the Netscape 7.2 ID box, if\nthat's the correct term, like nothing was wrong. I never knew which\nthing would happen. The capper finally came when I sat down here\nThursday to find all my bookmarks had disappeared. I figured I would\njust reload them from the floppy disc backup, but the disc only\ncontained a few of them. Most were gone. I had checked the floppy backup\na few days earlier and they were all there. That's when it got spooky. I\ndon't know if it was a virus or what, but I finally got just plain fed\nup. The proverbial straw had finally broken the camel's back.\n\nSo now Netscape is gone. It's outta here. I'm using Mozilla Firefox for\nmy main browser now, with Thunderbird as the email client. I was amazed\nat how easily Thunderbird installed and transferred all the address\nbooks and spamguard lists from the old email client. There's also a HTML\nauthoring client called NVU that does more or less exactly the same\nthing as the Netscape Composer, so that's what I'll be using for website\nupdates. And the floppy backup of the bookmarks reflects exactly what is\ncurrently on the browser. I think I'm going to like this Mozilla thing.\n\nI keep a copy of Internet Explorer around for the occasional website\nthat is optimized for IE, but that is an increasingly rare thing these\ndays. I hardly ever use it for anything else because I'm always hearing\nof new security holes being discovered in IE. Apparently it's about as\nsecure as a screen door in a submarine. It's there if I need it, but I\nhardly ever click on it.\n\nSometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do.