After using the Mac for a few months now, I have two tips that will speed up the performance of your shiny new machine.
- Disable Dashboard. It's a dog. It doesn't make so much of a difference on a Mac Pro, but my MacBook Pro was really feeling it.
- Disable the patented "genie effect" on Mac OS X. All that window zoomy zoomy is fun and all, but it makes the OS feel sluggish. When I disabled the effects on my MBP, suddenly everything felt a lot faster, even things that I wouldn't have associated with high-overhead graphics. For example, it vastly improved the response time when running rules in Mail using MailTags and Mail Act-On.
Oh, and by "a lot faster", I mean that is still feels a lot slower than on my old Thinkpad. But that's ok. It's prettier. And I do like many features of the OS more.
- Change the default NSWindowResizeTime value (thanks, Thomas!)
I used Onyx to disable the dock and genie effects. Genie effects are the top three checkboxes in Parameters->Finder:
Now my non-techie friends are going to bitch that I'm spending too much time writing about computers and not enough time posting photos of girls I know.