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1- First look at machine processor (G3, G4, (G5 : )=) ))
if you have a G3 (> 400 Mhz should be Ok) go to
and search for G3 optimisations
it consists in:
- Removing shadows
- Change the theme
- Removing genie effect
After that you will have a faster Mac.
2- If you have a G4 (or more for the lucky guys)
You should not have so many speed problems.
Beside these points you have to admit that the Finder is slow (unless you have a bi 1 Ghz (may be they have coded it under such machines)).
So consider to use another tool (RBrowser, NetFinder, PathFinder). Personnally I use rox-filer under X11 which is faster than any thing I've seen (even on my 600 Mhz IBook or my 9600 G3 350 Mhz at home ( just hope gtk-osx will be realeased one day)).
Then you can add something very usefull like YoupiKey in your menu (to keyboard switch beetween apps and keyboard launch some apps, launch Apple Scripts ....)
Finally you can add Menu Master to remap keyboards shortcuts as you like.
Then, may-be the slowly impression will be less present.
So now why I use a Mac:
- Stability (Jaguar is rock solid. Don't believe lies)
- Easy to administrate ( Backuping the system, removing applications easily (no registery =).... )
- Ability to use Unix apps and Mac Apps (this rocks)
- Hardware compatibility (A world much compatible than linux)
- The look (subjective)
For XP addicts (I have a Duron 600 at home...) try to use a slow device on serial port or firewire port and tell me about speed to make me laugh.