Tip for 56k'ers.
In your profile, edit your settings to view sigs, but not images. Depending on your post-per-page settings, this will speed up viewing time.
My suggestion for new people would be to get an avatar pretty quick - it helps people with poor eyesight (such as myself) recognise your posts quickly and easily, without squinting at usernames.
There are so many members to talk to here, it helps to put a picture to the name.... not necessarily a photo of yourself, just something distinctive so that everyone can immediately recognise your post amongst all the others.
I hope that made enough sense.
Mere words cannot express just how much this helps. A quick google search can help with hosting. Read the rules for file size limitations.
In short, Smaointe is right
(Inside joke, you'll get it if you stay long enough)
Rules of Grimwatch No#31: If it's not on fire, it's a software problem.