I disagree with the above posts. I feel like it's much faster than it was. If it was just a minor tweak then it's made a much bigger difference than if feel the above posts are making it sound like. If you are a crafter or gatherer class, they've sped up those actions significantly so it doesn't take 30 seconds to do just 1 action. I also feel like people are over exaggerating the server lag. Personally, I haven't had much of that issue. If I die during an ifrit run, it was my fault because I simply didn't get out of the way in time. Perhaps it's different for other people though. I think monkey should try it out just for 1 month and if its still not up to what he would expect then he should wait until 2.0 to check it out again. He'll have access to the free beta again when they roll 2.0 out.
Is the UI a Christmas-lights-in-the-closet fustercluck of endless nested menus? Yes
Is there drag-and-drop? No.
Is the UI still server-side authenticated? Yes
It's the same f'in UI with modest tweaks. I'm all for giving credit where credit is due, but this is not a place for credit at this time, imho.
Just wanted to commend you on the word, that is all :)