I've been using OSX now for around 2.5 years, and while I like the OS, I find that it's never been as responsive as Windows when it comes to launching apps. I've tried a variety of machines, including the latest haswell macbooks running SSD's. However, in every instance, I've noticed that apps just take longer to launch than their windows equivalent. Open notepad on windows? Instantaneous. Notes on OSX? About 2-3 "bounces". Open Microsoft Excel? On Windows, < 1 second. On OSX? Around 5 seconds or more. VLC? Way slower on OSX. As stated, it's not just my machine, but every mac I've tried from friends or in the Apple store. Any idea why OSX is so slow to open things?