The consensus view is that the problem is not at my end, although the Blogger software that I use is buggy and sometimes coughs up hairballs. The culprit is a rusticated jalopy by the name of Internet Explorer.Almost all of the readers who have told me about download and crash issues use IE. The cyberwonks were as one on the best browser -- Mozilla Firefox, which is what the cats and I use.
Every once in a while, I do a little experiment and download Kiko's House using IE and then Firefox. Today's results:
Internet Explorer: 15 seconds to download with a "Done: But Errors on This Page" message. Additionally the blog looks like crap in IE with the oversized type and goofy spacing.Case closed.
Mozilla Firefox: 5 seconds to download completely and cleanly. The blog looks just as I intended it to.