“Computers run much faster than they did just a couple of years ago. The latest Macs with multi-core processing are apparently surprising a lot of testers, but there is a cycle: as manufacturers produce faster and faster chips to cope with software, so the developers produce software that demands faster processors. My current MacBook Pro is OK, while the previous one that sits upstairs in my office, creaks. However, even the latest computers slow down at times for a variety of reasons,” Graham K. Rogers reports for A M I T I A E.
“If I receive an email from users with the idea that their Macs are running slow, ‘What can I do?’, I am tempted to offer tea and sympathy,” Rogers reports. “There are so many potential causes that a little more detail is useful before I can come up with a maybe answer. If it were my computer, I could analyse, which many users — particularly new Mac owners — may not know how to do. There are several causes for a slow Mac, and indeed the slowness may manifest itself in different ways depending on the cause. The main causes, however, probably relate to the running of applications as well as their relationship with the operating system, or the hard disk (full or dying). Ascertaining the cause (or causes) can be done in a number of ways, but there will be some overlap.”
Much, much more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]