For those of you who are interested: collegues Mark Yuasa, Hubert Florin, as well as myself will be carrying out this month's Vancouver Drupalers meeting on how to take a design draft to a functional Drupal theme.
Here's some more info regarding the event:
I've talked to a bunch of people lately on which Drupal modules I run most often. A lot of the website that I've been working on recently, I've found myself installing the same modules over and over again. Tedious as it is, I've ended up just setting up an install profile that allows me to setup a site with each module pre-installed. Simple!
I wrote a little tutorial on setting up your hosts file and vhosts, this can easily be transfered to the all-in-one package of your liking or whatever else it is. This one was meant for OSX and MAMP but all files such as httpd.conf and hosts can be transfered from PC and MAC as well as MAMP, WAMP, XAMP, etc... hope it saves you a headache!