I just did a complete reinstall of Snow Leopard and am wondering what your login items are. Before the reinstall I always had OmniFocus and iCal open up, alongside a few menubar items such as Caffeine and Dropbox, and LogMeIn. I'm wondering others have much more login items open up immediately after turning on their Mac. I always limited my login items, remembering hearing that too many can slow the system down. Though as of late have upgraded from 2GB of RAM, to 4GBs. I'm thinking about making Pages open at login too, considering I end up using it daily, and having a spare electronic piece of parchment is always good in my mind.