So Ian Paisley is stepping down as First Minister. I'm actually not sure what to make of this. Once I would have been cock-a-hoop about it, since I've always hated the man. But recently I've grudgingly started to if not respect him then at least appreciate the work he's done and the U-turns he's made to enter into power sharing with Sinn Fein. Whether he's done this for the good of the people of the Province, or for personal power is debatable, and maybe even irrelevant, but he and Martin McGuinness have worked hard together to make the devolved administration work. Indeed, they appear to have such a good personal relationship that they've earned the nickname of the "Chuckle Brothers". I worry about Paisley's successor now. If it's someone who's going to be very hardline, playing up to the DUP's hard core, then I think we'll be in trouble. I think we'll just have to watch this one and wait.
Another recent demise is that of the veteran web browser Netscape. I have many fond memories of Netscape, as its version 2 was my first window on the web, in the last months of my school career. I then used versions 3 and 4.x at University and stuck with it during the Dark Days when IE overtook it in terms of usability and features. Netscape 6, when it finally emerged, was a disaster. In fact, everything after Netscape was acquired by AOL was a bit of a disaster. However, the mess of NS6 did lead me to the Mozilla project, and after I got over my fear of the big banners saying that it was beta software, I downloaded Mozilla 0.7 (Netscape 6 was based on Mozilla 0.6 – that tells you how unready it was) and haven't looked back since. Although Mozilla itself has now abandoned the integrated suite that characterised Netscape 4 in favour of the standalone Firefox, the idea continues in the community maintained SeaMonkey project. So rest in peace Netscape, your legacy lives on.