I have no idea why, but my iMac can be so slow at times…
This is a 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac with 2 GB of RAM, so I am guessing that this really should be a fast computer, certainly faster than my old G4 PowerBook!
However at times it slows down to a real crawl, so slow that all I get is the spinning beachball of death!
However all is not lost I know why.
I run too many applications at once and I run them hard.
I do run a few PowerPC legacy applications (namely Word and Firefox).
I will have iPhoto and iTunes running in the background as well.
I would suspect that running EyeTV and EyeHome in the background also adds to the load.
So it’s not really the iMac’s fault, I know it’s all mine!
In theory what I should do is run a single application only and then open the others as and when I need them.
In theory that is a good idea.
In reality I don’t work that way.
Maybe I need a stack of computers with multiple spaces on a single monitor that allow me to work the way I want to without loading the lot so much so slow it right down to a crawl.