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A simple but effective Mac speed-up tip
Authored by: reeses on Nov 26, '05 12:08:27PM
I'm surprised this obvious lack of performance under normal use doesn't offend the bleeding jeebus out of anyone else. I used to keep just about everything I used on a daily or semi-daily basis on the desktop, because it's the most convenient spot. I felt the pain especially since I have a PowerBook, and I almost don't think any developers at Apple use PowerBooks except to make sure their software runs. I think that will be the case even more now that they can use quad-G5s and hyperthreaded dual Intel machines. This is the real cost of the gap in performance between the desktop macs and the portables -- the software is written on and for the desktops.

If I hadn't stumbled on a footnote to a post at drunkenblog, I never would have gone down that route. I have probably lost Apple at least fifty sales when various clients saw my PowerBook, said they were planning on buying one, and then cringed in horror when I exploded out of my seat to tell them now slow they are, and that it's a horrible mistake to buy one.

I've also been offended at how mdimport seems to get hung up very easily on .DS_Store files, but I haven't dug into that issue, since those files are so easy and undamaging to remove.

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A simple but effective Mac speed-up tip
Authored by: jackchance on Nov 28, '05 12:01:09PM

I completely agree. Why would Apple design a feature that convenient to be so performance crippling.

If this was an XP issue people would be foaming at the mouth. But let us not criticize the esteemed macintosh.

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A simple but effective Mac speed-up tip
Authored by: mek804 on Dec 15, '05 09:02:26AM

I've got a 3-year-old 15" Powerbook at work and a brand-new one at home. I have no performance problems. I have only aliases to two folders and whatever I happen to be working on at the time on my desktop.

I rotate some sort of slick, hi-res wallpaper every 5 minutes, and there is still no performance lag.

But then, I run MacJanitor (all tasks) and AppleJack (full auto, all tasks) once per week, need it or not. Just like your car, preventive maint. is what keeps it running in tip-top shape. I recommend running the full auto of Applejack just before going to lunch, though... ; )


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