My first question is related to a problem I've experienced recently. I'm using dialup Internet. Generally it runs around 44 kbps. Fairly recently I installed a web accelerator (MFE Accelerator) which seems to help with the speed but has caused some interesting problems; the most annoying one being that my computer doesn't display animated images on various sites (Livejournal specifically.) It loads the first frame but after that, nothing. I also recently switched browsers to Firefox but I don't think that has much to do with it since I was having the problem before with Internet Explorer. To see the full graphic with Internet Explorer I have to right click on the image and click "Show All Original Images." I can't find a way to do even that much in Firefox. As an interesting side note multi-frame/animated images on JournalFen seem to be loading without any problems at all. I've tried all I can think of and frankly I'm baffled. Any ideas?
2. If all that above blather is too much is there some sort of good computer help community I might question further?
3. I'd like to buy me an image editing program. I've heard good things about both Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. So which is better in your opinion? Which of those two (or something else entirely) do you use. What/Which should I purchase? I don't mind paying extra money if the program is going to be better for it. (I run Windows XP if that helps)
So basically, which is better: Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop?