I got tired of the fat, resource-hogging DashBoard shipped with WordPress 1.5. It gets feed from God-knows-how-many WordPress blogs for no good reason and without my (or your) consent.
It comes up the first thing when you login to admin. I don't like any of that. This thing downloads even when I am on my home setup running WordPress from localhost!
So despite my reluctance to modify core WordPress code, I just couldn't take it any longer.
So I hacked the code, trimmed it of all fat and made it look lean and mean on an Atkins diet. In other words you have all the cool info about your blogs, as before, without any irrelevant information. As a result it doesn't need to query other blogs (fetch feeds etc) and as such loads much faster.
Take a look (screenshot provided) and let me know what you think.