I put MS Windows Vista on my laptop and kept it on there for about a day. Nothing to see here. Move along.
I have decided to rebuilt the laptop after wiping it clean and installing MS Windows XP Home SP2. However, I am going to try and heavily tune it for software development. PYTHON ROCKS! By that I mean that I intend to turn off every service that isn't needed while developing software. Uninstalling all the software that is extraneous and just taking up hard drive space. Removing all non-essential programs from the startup group and the matching registry locations, etc.
I am then going to install my "favorite" "best of breed" applications and image the drive.
I am going to try to keep a decent journal of what I install and maybe write up a short blog post on what I install.
What I want to know from my fellow DCers, is what online resources have you personally used (not just ones that you are aware of) when determining what services can be safely disabled, what programs can safely be shutdown, and what extraneous chunks of Windows itself can be uninstalled?