Dell Laptop Speed Boost
Another one discovered on the train ride...
Dell apparently has a bios option to set the processor clock to a different speed while booting, and while running. If the clock is set to "compatible" mode while booting, it slows down the clock for boot, and sets it back to the maximum speed after booting. Unfortiantly, this speed change in the clock is registered by OS X's description of the processor, but it still runs at the slower, compatible, speed after booting. Setting the bios setting to the fastest clock speed on boot will make the clock run at its full speed, and allow OS X to fly through applications. I cut the load time for MS Office in Rosetta in less than half by applying this bios change.