The other day I tried to watch Jonathan Coulton's Second Life performance. It was way too much for my computer to handle and it nearly exploded. Anyway I decided to ignore being totally broke and go upgrade my computer, hooray.
Athlon64 X2 4200+, fancy new motherboard, gig of ram and a brand new SATA drive. Seems like everything should be instant now but it's still not quite. There's significantly less churning going on though and the onboard 3D graphics are better than my previous card.
Back to reinstalling all my crud...