More feedback about the orange animation
Where I'm working, we deliver an applet-based portal (predates the portlet API). There can frequently be 6 or more applets per page, so the orange colour is very aggressive. Maybe it can be made more neutral, or can be a special applet parameter (e.g. com.sun.applet.loadingColor = #CCC)..?
The branding is also intrusive when you're selling a branded product and you see the same branding message repeated 6 times in the same screen...