First, I really love IB (however, the backend...) because they allow me to do retail what I was forced to do at a firm / local years ago. When you count everything together, the Universal Account, their offering of many markets and the commish, they are the best overall broker - except for the software. I will criticize IB only when I feel it is really neccessary, but this important to me: My plea is: Please, Please IB, stop the "Bells and Whistles". This week I had the pleasure to upgrade to the latest TWS build. (I am one of the guys who stick to their old & running TWS version for months) When I first ran it - it didn't. Unlike it's predecessors it seems to need access to port 80, which I block on my firewall (for reasons). After I enabled port 80 I found out it needs the http port to download, load + open a 9 megabyte manual .jar archive. Nice, but I certainly will never need this thing. Instead of running now - It crashed (TWS window just hang / didn't repaint for minutes). Killed the process, restarted it - crashed again. Repeat, now it came up, finally. After trying some of the new features & bringing up some charts just to have a look at the program, I noticed the java hog slooooows down. Please look at this excerpt of my win task manager: Notice, the host machine is a fast Athlon64 with 3 gigs RAM. After tampering around for 10 mins I have a CPU time of 6.5 mins. Opening a new window in TWS often hangs the program for 10-20 secs. I think more of this stuff is not bearable. My conclusion is, while IB seems to have really good programmers for the backend, they _have_ to change their development policy for the frontend. Please re-focus on your active customers. Did they need an integrated manual or Google RSS feed in the past years ? I guess, NO... The only guys needing this sort of features are prolly those buying 85 shs of CSCO, later yelling at the customer service because their trail-o-stop triggered 15 seconds late costing them serious money Not to be misunderstood - I love it when IB adds useful features, like the vola-market scanner, the option trader or interesting new API functions.