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6. Painful Pinwheel Pauses

Mac OS X is much more robust than any system software previously released by Apple, but it’s not immune to inexplicable behavior. Despite the fact that my iMac is running the very latest Mac OS X 10.4.3 on a 1.8GHz PowerPC G5 with the maximum of 2GB of memory, not a day goes by that I don’t confront the productivity-sapping pinwheel cursor, which indicates that the Mac is busy with some unknown task. Usually the cursor reverts to normal if I just wait a few seconds, but sometimes I must resort to force quitting applications to set things right again.

Call me unrealistic or naive, but I can’t understand why my relatively powerful Mac with seemingly boundless amounts of free memory and disk space would ever be so busy during normal operation that Tiger can’t keep up with modest user demands (writing, emailing, browsing).

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