In my new work setup, one of the things I did was to upgrade the switch between the two laptops to a D-Link Gigabit switch (less than â¬30 at a local discount shop if I remember correctly).
I did some benchmarks to compare the speed of copying a 2.4 Gbyte Parallels XP image in several scenarios:
On the old TiBook, local disk to local disk:
$ time cp winxp.hdd winxp.hdd2 real 3m24.703s user 0m0.032s sys 0m29.427s
On the Macbook (IM going on, iTunes, a bit of Safari), local disk to local disk:
$ time cp winxp.hdd winxp.hdd2 real 4m15.725s user 0m0.019s sys 0m9.391s
From the Macbook to the TiBook over Gigabit Ethernet:
$ time cp winxp.hdd /Volumes/melo/Drop\ Box/ real 5m29.288s user 0m0.018s sys 0m23.898s
So I moved a lot of FireWire external disks and DVD burners to the TiBook, my "server" and when I want something I just copy it over the network. Less cables to plug in when I get to the office.
Probably the best â¬30 I spent in the last weeks.