Well, not to be a typical anal mac user, but... My start up time is now in excess of 30 secs instead of the usual 14. What could be the problem? iTunes takes about 6 bounces to finally open and there is the colourful spin each time it does. I only have about 10 GB in songs. Ditto for Safari. When I check Activity Monitor as soon as I boot up, the free memory just starts dropping from about 700MB all the way down until everything is in Inactive.. with NO PROGRAMS OPEN!!! Shutting down used to be around 10 seconds but now it lingers Windows style and then when the blue screen fades in, a circle spins for a bit before it shuts down. I tried Disk Utility to verify and repair disk. Still the same for each problem. Should I reinstall? Why is my mac no longer fast? BTW: Desktop is clear, files are neatly packed in folders etc.