Originally Posted by GB
It is funny that you mentioned Spaces. When I was doing my research before buying I had learned about Spaces and thought it was a feature I would never use. i could not think of a single use for it at all. Now that I have been playing though I really do like using it. I have Firefox in one Space and iTunes in another and iPhoto in a third. It really does help.
Yes please do post advice on making sure it runs fast. I will be using it a lot for photo and video editing so that will be important to me.
Some really simple things are:
1. making your background a solid color - when you have a background the computer is constantly working to build the image around the windows you move around it. if its a solid color it wont have to work to do that, saving a bit of ram for other things.
2. Check your Activity Monitor (under Applications > Utilities) - I found that some lame program that didnt do anything was taking up 75% of my ram for no good reason. If you find this problem (which you shouldn't for a while) just delete it. WARNING! Don't delete things that you may not know about. There are a lot of little things that run at a very low rate so they are helping your computer, not hurting it. so if there is something you dont understand and it is taking up most or all of your ram, look it up and make sure its a baddie, then terminate it.
3. After a while, make sure you delete your CACHES. this is important to a fast running computer (check online for this process, its a bit more complicated than just deleting).
4. Delete your cookies - in FireFox you can delete your cookies n the preference menu (after a few months of use). this will make your browser much faster.
I'm no pro, so check the Apple forums - i havent, but I'm sure they are really helpful.