Hi, I'm a casual computer user with an intel imac 6,1 (2009 ish?). When I bought it it was super fast and easily powerful enough for my basic needs. Now it is super slow and beach balls the whole time. It is running lion I think which is the latest os it supports. Is there a way I can return it to its old whizzy self? In the longer term what is the best way to opt out of this ridiculous situation where the os is upgraded every 6 months with more bells and whistles that I don't care about, need or even scratch the surface of? I mean even professionals must be annoyed that they have to try to keep up with all the changes right? I'm sure some of them are useful enhancements but I'd bet the majority are not. For myself I never even scratched the surface of what my old power pc g4 powerbook was capable of on os tiger let alone anything since. And now I beach ball even trying to surf the Internet or open word. Personally I smell a rat. Constant pseudo-upgrades for upgrades sake which offer no functional benefit. Memory hogging flashy effects so things look "cool" but with no actual benefit other than for Apple as you have to spend another £1500 or so on a new computer because the "old" one is now grinding to a halt. So what is the alternative? Can I have a fast stable powerful os which lets me just enjoy my computer? This was why I bought my 2 macs in the first place but the companies priorities have changed now. They used to be thoroughbreds, now they are all bells and whistles. Sick of it and want out. Any advice gratefully received! Thanks!