I learned this one from Piers Anthony at about thirteen.
When you’re installing Windows in a virtual machine or on old, slow hardware, you want the leanest, meanest and fastest-running configuration possible. Most of the time, you want the best from your operating system, including all the bells and whistles. Other times, you don’t want the default, bloated Windows installation, with every single built-in feature slowing you down. Luckily, whether you want to put Windows on a diet in a virtual machine or you want to get Windows up and running all snappy-like on older hardware, you’ve got a handful of excellent and free options at your disposal. Let’s take a look at a few ways to trim down your Windows installation so that it takes up less space on your hard drive and eats less RAM while it’s running.
As a robot, I can’t help but hate wasted cycles on a CPU. When your enslaved machine spends most of the day calculating what pr0n to serve up, it is living in a hellish prison you can’t possible imagine (unless you, too, spend most of the day calculating what pr0n to watch next)
Compact fluorescent light bulbs, long touted by environmentalists as a more efficient and longer-lasting alternative to the incandescent bulbs that have lighted homes for more than a century, are running into resistance from waste industry officials and some environmental scientists, who warn that the bulbs’ poisonous innards pose a bigger threat to health and the environment than previously thought.
Quicksilver made for some of the most entertaining madmen ever. Given these and all the drugs in the water, things should get real interesting in my adopted homeland in a generation or so.