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I hate that rainbow beach ball

Things have been so busy at my end that I barely have time to be online at this point. I answer some emails–usually days after I should–and post silly tweets once in a while. Sorry, folks. I have interesting things planned for March.

In any event, I’m quite concerned about my laptop. It’s a MacBook I bought in 2007 (bottom of the line, frankly) and it’s the machine I use for all of my writing.

Sadly, it’s not running very well. I get the Spinning Beach Ball of Death every day, and my programs (Safari, Thunderbird, iPhoto, YoruFukurou, Scrivener) become non-responsive for frustratingly long times. Often I’ll type a word and sit back while each. Letter. Slowly. Appears.

I just deleted the contents of my OS trash, some 13+GB, because my hard drive was nearly full (now it’s down to 57GB). Writey runs 10.5.8 and has been really great so far but as the day goes on the performance become worse and worse. I don’t want to have to replace it.

Does anyone have any suggestions for fixing this sort of thing?

I’m turning on comments on my main blog (for those of you reading this at a mirror site) to see whether my spam issue has abated. I’m heading off to do some work and I’ll check back later. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.


Feb. 17th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
You can check for programs that automatically start when your computer starts (stuff like Dropbox, autoupdaters for some programs, etc) -- go to System Preferences, click on the Accounts button, and then click the Login Items tab. Anything that you don't recognize, you might want to google to find out what it is, but it's probably safe to remove. Anything you do recognize is probably also safe to remove so long as you remember to run it manually once in a while if need be.

I'd also disable Dashboard unless you use it -- I almost never have a use for its widgets and, again, am fine opening them manually on the rare occasion when I do want to use one.
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Also, you may consider clearing your browser cache and see if that helps. Your system might be churning through a gazillion cookies and passwords and search histories every time you're online. . .

EDIT: Also, it really can help to quit any program you're not using. I know some of my family members close the windows without quitting out of programs and end up with 27 different programs running at a time.

Edited at 2012-02-17 05:19 pm (UTC)