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Basically, anything I can do to make stuff run faster/not get that annoying loading icon?
And dont say "get more ram".
macs were super fast and were perfect in every way?
but sometimes they need some tender loving care ;)
There never was a PC that ran significantly faster after a Defrag.
'Windows Placebo' would be a better term.
In short, sounds like you probably need to buy more memory, a bigger hard drive or delete some shit. i.e. the same answer you'd need for a slow PC.
...it clears up space on my eMac a fair bit. you need to go to 'Finder' -> 'Applications'-> 'Disk Clean-up'
It asks you to pick a hard drive and then you 'repair disk emissions' or something, and then clean up.
Best advice would be to cut down on the number of apps you run simultaneuously, disable anything you're running on startup which isn't essential (not so common on macs but may be worth checking) and make sure you have a decent amount of hard disc space free.