I have experienced software "slowdowns" recently. It has occurred with AIM, IE and PrintShop for OSX. I am seeing the "beachball" spin way too much. It is most annoying with AIM. The lag time between mouseclicks and actions becomes so bad that it can't even keep up with my typing. I have tried reinstalling all of the above applications.(after removing old prefs) The problem seems to resolve if I log out and then log on again. The problem gets worse the longer I am logged on. I realize the issue must be associated with my username, but have no idea how to resolve it. I've even tried a clean install and repaired permissions with no success. I've read my "missing manual" but don't really see a solution. I'd appreciate any help one can give this longtime (since 1989) Mac fanatic. I am running OS 10.2.8 on a sawtooth G4 with a 1Ghz. processor upgrade from Sonnet, and 640 MB of ram.