I have been working in between things on the hp 4410t thin client laptop based on ideas from some of users and IT staff. One thing that was important to me was making it work better than our fat PCs that are used to remotely log into the City network. One part of that goal is making so that it's ready to work as quickly as possible after it's powered on. I stripped out all services not required and have gotten the machine fully booted and networked in 18 seconds. I might be able to shave off a few seconds yet, but I think it's getting pretty close to the fastest possible experience with this hardware. Not bad.
When I'm finished with everything, I'll post a flowchart showing the design flow of network connections and features. I'm working to make this as simple as possible and want to reach a goal of users just having to know to push a single button and everything is networked and ready for their login.
Items left for me tinker with: Backlight issues when moving back and forth to battery, More intelligent WiFi logic to understand whether it's in our buildings to reduce boot times, resolve issue of very buggy x-server-xorg-video-intel (2.9.1-2) on Debian squeeze/sid, remove unneeded packages to try and reclaim a bit more flash drive space and resolve some pulseaudio problems at boot time.