"so *THAT'S* why it was so damn slow!"
I xhost mozilla off a fast machine in my apartment to my laptop coz it's so slow.
I logged in interactively to see what's up.
The box was at a load average of 9.80.
I had 9 crashed mozilla processes eating CPU like a mofo. I was swapping. (It's a fast raid array I have my swap on, and the machine's in a different room than I am in, so I didn't notice)
Anyway, it looks like some of the processes are as much as 4 days old. oops.
It runs much faster now.
Is it time to pick up my phone yet?