Heh, well I'd tend to agree with him here, I dunno if mIRC uses the built in windows ini functions, but if it does, they are incredibly slow (and ugly). But, if mIRC uses it's own ini reading code, then you'd need to perform some tests to find out, but logic suggests that the .ini file would be slower if not for the simple fact that it has more information to read (the n1= crap).