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In the meantime, I did the obvious: I opened the MBP and I took out the hard drive to check the connector. There was dust around, especially under the battery, which I cleaned of course. I pressed the connector to be sure it is firmly in place, but there were no signs that it went loose. Anyway, I placed everything back and now it seems to work normally, no beach ball galore anymore. The system is fluid again. The drive hardware test of Techtool now passes without...
OK, I have a MBP with a dying hard drive. The precise model is the late 2008 one. Besides the repeated and persistent delays with any HD-related operation and wrong reporting of avaliable free HD room (it dropped suddenly by 10 GB to increase again by itself to previous levels without any significant change in what is stored inside), there is also Techtool reporting that the disk failed to pass the drive hardware test. So it is definitely something hardware...
Even for the other more demanding applications you mention, the last generation iMac is more than adequate.
The problems of the kind you mention are often known. There have been numerous times in the past when some delays were explained by such issues. For the case of the iMac we have total darkness and silence.   I think they went public about it in a way not exactly open but quite explicit by turning their back to the desktop users. This is all they could come up with after 685 days for the Mac Pro and 406 days for the iMac? Give me break here.
  What are you talking about? The iMac has not been updated for 406 days. This has not precedent in iMac's history. Apple could easily find anything they need to give it a routine refresh if they wanted to.       The Titanium Powerbook G4 was updated for the last time in November 2002, and then in February 2003 Apple introduced the all new Aluminum Powerbook G4. Besides the update cycle for the Macs in the past was more or less twice a year, or three times each two years....
So, and while the WWDC dust is still settling, it seems that the 17-inch MBP was forgotten in the ongoing discussions.   It is nowhere to be seen anymore in the updated online store. So Apple was right, very few cared about it.
  Good one, well said! After the incident I had with their online tool checking if a machine has the Flashback infection, my trust to them dropped to levels below zero.
Interesting. Please tell us what happens in your case after you try it.
The Flashback infection relies on a Java vulnerability and has nothing to do with the installation of applications. You visit a web site and you get infected without any warning and without installing anything, simply because there is a hole in Java that will let remote instructions to pass through it without requiring admin rights. I don't see the connection with what Gatekeeper is designed to do; at least with what is made known so far to non-developers.
What I remember I did in the past, though it was at a time when I had just a few GB of personal data, was to copy my home directory (and eventually the Applications directory) to external hard drives and CD/DVD's, verify the integrity of the most important data in these back-ups, and then reinstall the OS by erasing the internal hard disk. Then I created a normal user (I avoid always the default admin user for everyday work) with the same name and password as before, and...
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