This post boggles the mind "Miguel de Icaza: Gnome memory use in various languages". I remember when we were all talking about Enlightenment (screenshots) and how consumptive it was of system resources. That these new applications running on their various interpretive layers/bytecode clrs are all more consumtive than E ever was is just funny to me.
When I was a pup, as a thought experiment I tried to create the smallest application that would do something interesting under dos, It was a 4 or 6 byte program (I don't remember) that cleared the screen and returned control to dos. I entered it directly into the file as machine language (think: cat > file.exe) using the alt-numbers entry method. That was a long time ago. It worked though. And it was -fast- :-)