Argh! Are Beach Balls Driving You Mad?

Argh! Are Beach Balls Driving You Mad?

TIPS THAT TAKE 10 MINUTES

 

13. Clear Off Your Desktop (KIC) - If you use the Desktop as an all-purpose dump like some of us do, you’ll start seeing the dreaded spinning beach ball a bit too often. Each of the folders, files, and icons residing directly on your Desktop eats up a bit of memory. Get everything off your Desktop that doesn’t need to be there.

 

This is what a clean Desktop looks like. Yeah, we hadn't seen one for a while either.

 

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14. Choose Speed Over Flashy Effects (KIC) - As fun as all the cute OS X gimmicks can be, if you’re experiencing a lot of performance lag, you may need to choose between speed and eye candy. If you favor speed, turn off features like system animations, zoom effects, and scrolling bars that gobble up system resources. The easiest way to do this is with Marcel Bresink’s TinkerTool (free), which lets you tweak hidden OS X settings to your heart’s content. And the latest release of TinkerTool, version 1.8, is compatible with Leopard.

 

TinkerTool lets you turn off OS X’s animations when speed is a priority.

 

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15. Hey, Ease Up on That Dock (Speed Demons) - If your Dock is filled to capacity, download Stunt Software’s Overflow ($14.95) to quickly launch programs and files without further stressing the Dock. In Overflow, you can organize your most-used apps and files into multiple categories.

 

Overflow handles the excess when your Dock is filled to capacity.

 

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16. Stop Annoying Websites (Safari) - Quite a few websites play annoying New Age music or flashing ads whenever they load (we’re not naming them here…lucky for them). Pretty soon we’re rooting around for a “pause” or “skip intro” button - a huge time waster. Safari Stand (donationware) lets you do things like turn off flashing ads and control which images, scripts, and other “features” load. Safari Stand can also stack open tabs in a vertical format, which is great if you like to open a lot of pages at once.

 

17. Surf With Keywords (Firefox) - Use keywords to speed up your browsing in Firefox. Go to Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks, choose the five sites you visit most often, then for each, select Properties from the top bar (or Control-click to select from the contextual menu). Fill in a keyword of your choice - it can be as simple as the letter A for Amazon.com - in the keyword box. Now, just type the keyword into Firefox’s location bar and press Return to be whisked off to the website. Cool.

 

If you assign keywords to your favorite websites, you won’t even have to wait for Firefox’s autocomplete.

 

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jebigabre

You probably should use a Disk Utility for the Mac. If you optimize your hard drive, it should help speed up your Mac and stop the rainbow beach ball from re-appearing. See here:http://www.squidoo.com/spinningrainbowmac  

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maggi09

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moondoggie53

Focus, people. Is this a semantics committee?

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Недвижимость за рубежом

Monolingual is a good idea, but needs refining to avoid deep cleaning of essential files needed for the system & English language.

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IT2

@ FBI
What do you mean it's not a beachball it's a pinwheel??

Not so. It is commonly referred to as the "Spinning Beachball of Death" or when it's behaving as just "The Beachball" in the Mac community for as long as it came on the scene. And I've used Mac's since 1985.

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Anonymous

Quote:

"16. Stop Annoying Websites (Safari) - Quite a few websites play annoying New Age music or flashing ads whenever they load (we’re not naming them here…lucky for them). Pretty soon we’re rooting around for a “pause” or “skip intro” button - a huge time waster. Safari Stand (donationware) lets you do things like turn off flashing ads and control which images, scripts, and other “features” load. Safari Stand can also stack open tabs in a vertical format, which is great if you like to open a lot of pages at once."

Funny, every time I visit an article link at MacLife.com I have to click a "Skip Ad" link, but "we're not naming names..."

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G Force

Be VERY careful using Monolingual or don't use it at all! After running this seemly harmless program & gaining 2 GB of space, I lost important characters needed for MS Word & other programs. Eventually, my keyboard stopped reacting when pressing the keys! I've heard other horror stories from others using this program so I'm not alone. I was fortunate that my MacBookPro was able to reboot with the startup disk & regained full operation my system with a "archive & install" (more than an hour later). Monolingual is a good idea, but needs refining to avoid deep cleaning of essential files needed for the system & English language. Ideally, the extra languages not needed should be unchecked during the installation of Mac OS X to save the extra space - which is what I ended up doing.

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FBI

It's not a beachball, it's a pinwheel.

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Оптимизация

Very nice

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Anonymous

we always called it the spinning pizza wheel of death....

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Ernest Phillips

MacLife editors, try OmniWeb! Forgot that silly Google bar, by default you can just type "google puppies" into the location bar and it searches puppies. I've even shortened mine to just g. So Command-L to get to the location bar, then type "g speed up my Mac", and I get to see if Google found this article (it wasn't the first hit).

And you can set up as many as you want. So i can "g puppies" to search google for puppies, "weather San Francisco, CA" to search for SF weather, "imdb The Golden Compass" to search imdb, "movies 99999" to get movie listings in the 99999 zip code, or "tb Frozen Shadowweave" to search for frozen shadowweave on thottbot.

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cosmicosmo

In Firefox, you can use the mentioned keywords to do this.

In Safari, you can use one of several third party add-ons to get this functionality, such as Sogudi or SafariStand.

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