This is a lightheated thread about everyone's favorite OS X cursor, the beach ball. In a discussion with some other sysadmins, I said it was Apple's version of the BSOD (an overstatement that I made clear at the time) crossed with that damn paperclip guy in Microsoft Office. Clearly, it's not as severe as a BSOD (not that anyone takes a random BSOD seriously except servers and workstations), but it's a somewhat similar in productivity losses and screen interruption that steals a few minutes of your day. At least with the beachball, you don't always have to reboot and you don't lose any of your work. So, the beach ball: annoying but infrequent distraction or spinning orb of doom? I think all of us familiar with the Windows world know it's not as common as its Microsoft analog, the hourglass and that the beach ball (at least in my experience) tends to bog down the system, rather than just the application...so it's a bit more bothersome than that. Or is it just because we've grown so accustomed to the smoother experience that our standards for frustration become so much more demanding? Either way, this thread is a tribute to Apple's Mac OS.