First off, ditch Internet Explorer. Horribly slow.
Secondly, get an older version of Netscape or Opera running. Turn off as many of the fancy options as you can stand to streamline the process/download time.
Thirdly, and this is the killer for IE - if you do some sleuthing, you’ll notice that the page lags trying to send data back and forth to google.alalytics and a couple of other marketing sites. If these sites are down or clogged or whatever, in IE, YOUR CONNECTION STOPS FOR 60 SECONDS UNTIL IT MANUALLY TIMES OUT! If one of the image-hosting sites is also clogged/jammed/woot’s computers can’t serve it up, THE SAME THING HAPPENS WHILE IT WAITS FOR THAT IMAGE/PIECE OF DATA.
You can blame Microsoft for this piece of genius programming. ME? I’ve set Netscape to disable auto-loading images, disable active controls, and everything else that is animated or scripted. Very fast, if crude looking. But it’s fast and reliable.
The obvious solution is to disable those sites so that your computer auto-bounces DNS to them. Doing these three things - I get an average load-time of 10-15 seconds even during this woot-off.