My computer seems so much happier now. I realize that I didn't need about 80% of the programs that I had, including semagic (I have been updating using the browser lately anyhow.)
The only curious thing is that firefox scrolls weirdly. Not smoothly, but chunkily - I guess that would be a good description.
Thanks to shortyneisus I have a few new icons - I researched a really cute icon she has and thus now I have a few new icons.