I did some system tweaks last night... about a dozen different things, including butchering a big part of the registry.
The PC they have for me here at work is like a p2 400. Well, I generate price lists using some programs I wrote in Access. On that PC it'd take about 90 minutes to export one into Word from the raw data. So I started bringing my PC to work because being unable to do anything for 90 minutes was a waste. It took my p4 2.4 @ 2.5 about 8-10 minutes to make one.
Well, after my tweaks last night ...
Less than 45 seconds.