A colleague was pasting a picture into his Powerpoint presentation. Some kind of diagram, and unfortunately he didn’t have the original document it came from, so no matter which Paste Special option he tried, it came through as a bitmap. Saved it to disk, e-mailed it to someone else, and wondered why it took so long.
Then he saw the size. It had blown out from a couple of hundred K to over 4Mb.
So he tried zipping it. WinZip took it down to, believe it or not, 80Kb.
No wonder people complain about Microsoft bloatware… sometimes it’s not just the apps, it’s the way they store stuff as well.