CFLs really suck. I've tried quite a few different brands, and have tried to like them, but they just seem to have some flaws that can't be fixed. First, and most annoyingly, none of them come on immediately - they start out extremely dim when the switch is flicked, and take 30 seconds to a minute to completely warm up. Secondly, no CFLs made in the past five years come anywhere close to meeting their life expectancy – most of them burn out faster than incandescent bulbs. (I have a couple of old CFLs in a tableside lamp that are still going strong after nearly 10 years, but once the production lines switched to China, quality went to complete crap.)
This is not my experience at all. I have CFLs all throughout my house and they come one with full or nearly full light the instant I flip the switch. You can't even tell they are CFLs unless you look directly at the bulb. When I first started out I experimented and found a bunch of really bad bulbs that had bad color, flicker, long warmup times, and many of them died in the crib. This was the bad old days when they were new and the price had suddenly plummeted thanks to some new factories in China opening up that didn't really know what they were doing. I eventually found a brand with good performance (Commercial Electric) that I used to replace every regular bulb in the house. That was almost 8 years ago now, and I have not had to replace one yet. I'm actually missing out on the LED bulb revolution because my old CFLs refuse to die.
A couple of years later people bought their 10Mb Ethernet cards and coax cables and started the LAN party craze.
I remember the days of doing 4 player games using serial ports (you had to have guys with 2 serial port machines in the middle) using some third party utility that I've long forgotten the name of. In college we used the ROLM phones to dial two computers together, and NULL modem cables to connect the roomates up for 4 player games without having to lug any machines around, it was glorious, unless we were connecting to that jerk with the 25Mhz 486 Packard Bell with the flaky UART.