It’s been two years since I switched from Windows to Mac. I anticipated a steep learning curve, and was surprised that it went so smooth. Very few times I had to ask around. Considering I’d been using Windows since 1996 [longer offline], and was very proficient there, I was glad it was that easy and I didn’t have to pester mac-friends and support forums all that often.
Now … two+ years later … I’m not so sure. It has taken me a long time to admit this … perhaps even to myself. It’s been building up inside me and I’ve reached a point where I’m ready to explode.
For quite some time the computer [a MacBookPro] has been slowing down. When I, for example, want to open my photo editor [Aperture], I might just as well go and have a shower while it fires up. That’s just one example, but a major one. I have a lot of free time on my hands, so it’s not as if I’m in any great hurry — what’s so unsettling is that it shouldn’t be this way!
All this time, I’ve had this feeling that Aperture is the culprit, so yesterday I thought I’d remove it. Just go back to Picasa. That was easier said than done. In Windows you go into the control panel and uninstall whatever it is you want to ged rid of. Here, you’re supposed to just drag the icon to the garbage bin, but that doesn’t work with all programmes. It didn’t have any uninstall programme with it. I read in the forums and followed the instructions to the point.
Later in the evening, I noticed even the external hard-drive started acting up! Went into the activity monitor and saw a red line there, which I of course didn’t understand. Searched the forums but, for once, didn’t get any straight answer. Instead, reading there just made me frightened. Got so desperate so I installed Aperture again … it was as if the external was looking for something all the time … something that it couldn’t find, so I figured Aperture must be it. It didn’t solve the problem. Had I not been such a calm and collected person, I could easily have become like one of those you see in funny videos … they who throw the whole thing out the window!
The slowing down is probably due to too little memory. I could upgrade, but that costs money and the only thing I really wanted was to get rid of Aperture. sigh