Howdy! Longtime lurker, first time thread poster. Anyway, I've got a couple of older machines [will update my sig to reflect them...], including a dual 1Ghz G4 Quicksilver tower, which I love, and a wonderful 500Mhz dual usb G3 iBook, which I've really come to love. Now, this iBook is my baby- i bought it at a garage sale in a small town in the middle of nowhere for practically nothing. The owners said they'd had it for awhile and it "conked out," I figured I'd make an offer and either recondition it or part it out. Well, the software tests showed that the HD was bad, but that's it, so I bought a new HD from OWC and sojourned into DIY iBook repair [yes. I'm trying to put as many annoying shorthands in here as possible!], and it went well. I've broken down and rebuilt this little tyke a handful of times now, and it's running gorgeously. I've maxed out the ram at 576 In fact, I've even kept up on OSX software. Right now, I'm at 10.4.6. I've noticed that startup times have quickened with each release, and application startups, and it's been quite wonderful. However, I've noticed more and more in my li'l pal's age, that beachballs and slowdowns become more frequent. I'm pretty good with my OSX maintenence- i do regular disk utility permissions repairs, cache cleanings, etc. Anyway, this is really a thread about general advice: For those of you who have some of the more middle-age macs, the learnéd elder statesmen, what techniques do you use to keep that PEP in its step? How do you keep it zippy, clean, and fresh? Even for simple tasks- web browsing, emails, document creation- what programs do you use too keep things running smooth? Thanks.