Thanks for the suggestion for formatting the usb stick. Shall have to go up to the computer lair & give it a try. The laptop sits in the dining room for all to torture test it, the laptop that is.
Opera has been great. My only complaints are having to resize the screen, even tho in the preferences I keep telling it I want bigger text. Something is not working properly in it, 'cause in Terminal, when I load up opera, I get a message that one of the plugins is disabled.
I believe one of my problems with streaming radio, is the station I want to listen to requires Windows Media Player. They are experimenting with open source software fore some of the podcasts and streaming broadcasts in Eastern Canada. Sorry, i don't want to listen to Toronto radio in the west. Fussy, I know.
(I get to write longer messages now that i invested in a roll-up, portable keyboard).