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A simple but effective Mac speed-up tip
Authored by: Fofer on Dec 12, '05 09:16:12AM

My uninformed clients always used to "think" that an cluttered desktop would make the computer slow. I argued it simply would make the computer harder to navigate and use -- but seeing as the Desktop is a folder like any other, it technically wouldn't make a difference in available CPU speed.

Interesting to note that they may have been right all along. :-)


A guy on The Unofficial Apple Weblog says this explanation is wrong, though:

http://www.tuaw.com/2005/12/09/simple-mac-speed-up-tip-for-desktop-pack-rats/

"Well MacOSXHints has it wrong. Sorry guys, what is slowing down your machines is the size of the Desktop memory being used up and having to hit the swap file. If you have one file @ 500 MB on your Desktop or 50 files @ 1K which one is going to use more memory to load the desktop?"

I'm curious to hear more discussion.



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A simple but effective Mac speed-up tip
Authored by: robg on Dec 14, '05 08:56:34AM

I just posted a reply -- there's no way that the size of the files represented by the icon makes any difference at all! OS X doesn't care how large something is until it's opened. But each file added to the desktop is one more thing the OS must track.

-rob.



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