There's also a slight chance that the machine is trying to use DNS to resolve it's own hostname when you run any X app.
Check your /etc/nsswitch.conf file to make sure "files" appears first on the line for "hosts:", like so:
hosts: files dns
Here's a run-down of what those services are and you can judge if you need them or not:
alsa - advanced linux sound architecture
anacron - a cron like command scheduler (don't need cron if you run this)
apmd - advanced power management daemon
atd - at daemon, for handling jobs run with the at command (I doubt you use this)
crond - cron daemon, for scheduling commands (don't need anacron if you run this)
devfsd - manages entries in the /dev filesystem. I wouldn't kill this.
gpm - general purpose mouse interface
harddrake - mandrake's hard drive utility. I think this only runs once at boot.
internet - establishes your connection to the internet... just runs once at boot.
keytable - loads the appropriate keymap in the system.. also only runs once at boot.
kheader - does some kernel header checking... just runs once.
medusa - utility to help speed up filesystem searches. I'd kill this one.
netfs - mounts and unmounts all network filesystems. Just runs once.
network - self explainatory. Keep this one
partmon - partition monitor... check to see if you are running low on space. Can probably kill this one.
pcmcia - keep this if you have any pcmcia devices
portmap - handles port mapping... keep this one.
random - provides higher quality random number generation. doubt you need this one.
rawdevices - support for raw devices. doubt you need this.
sound - starts the sound subsystem.
syslog - system logger. keep this one.
usb - handles usb devices.
xfs - x font server.. DONT KILL THIS!
xinetd - controls connections to your machine (local as well as remote). probably want to keep this.