'A lot of converts (switchers) from the Windows world have developed the habit of clicking the Red X, at the top right of the application window, to make the program quit.
Although there is a Red button, top left of the application window, in OS X; it does NOT quite the application. The windows are closed but the program is still running. Those little black triangles under the icons on the dock indicate what programs are running.'
I agree. When I first got my Ibook, I kept doing that, then forgetting that all the programs were still running. Now my Mac Mini is my primary desktop computer, and my Windows laptop for when I need to hoof it, I find myself trying to quit apps on the LAPTOP! Oh jeeze, the joy of being a multi operating system user. I particularly like the way apps are handled on the Mac OS for instance photoshop where the background is still visible rather than the big grey area in Windows??? Makes much more sens to me to allow you to put stuff behind the application and still see it. Plus 20 inches of screen makes a big difference heh.
Anyway onto the slowness thing. I had this dreaded iBook and it would not stop crashing on me... and it was also stupidly slow. Eventually one day it took a big poopy in the pan, so to speak, and stoopped working right. Wouldn't boot up properly nor would install an OS. So I sold it on ebay as spares, still good money mind you, and the woman said the HARD DRIVE had taken a you know what. I was gob smacked. The hard drive was a little loud yes, but no louder than I'd have expected for an OLD computer. No clicking, really, and nothing else to suggest it had gone. But it appeared it was the HD causing all of that trouble, and I've been told numerous times that people with unbearably slow computers its the HD thats been the problem.
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