At the same time, I've been impressed by the time it takes Windows 7 to boot to the desktop, on fairly modest hardware. Good work, Microsoft. This in contrast to a Vista laptop at work which seems to take an eternity to settle down after switching on from cold.
So, in the interests of Science (and geekdom), I undertook to prove, once and for all, that we haven't really moved forward in the last ten years.
Of course, I'm not suggesting that a 10 year old iMac with a hockey puck mouse is better than a relatively new (if cheap) laptop. That would be madness.
But you have to admit, it's not too shabby either.