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In fact I don't remember anything similar before. When the aluminum Powerbooks were introduced back in the beginning of 2003, you could place your order through the Apple Store even though the waiting time was very long, weeks to start with and then more than one month for the 17" model, probably even two months, I don't remember. But you could place your order. "Store" means that you can order, no matter how long it takes to deliver. Now, what's up with this?
It looks like your drive may be damaged. Have you tried Disk Utility to see if it can read it? Also, if you have another computer, you can try to read it there. If it is still unaccessible, then there is definitely some kind of damage.
Of course, nowadays people are very busy with the Apple-made iDevices in their hands. No time/interest for real computers anymore.
Finally I installed a new hard drive at 7200 rpm, after having cloned on it the content of the MBP. Beach ball was soon back, so it seems that either this is not a hardware problem or, if it is, it goes beyond the hard drive.   I tried to clean the Mac OS X installation with Onyx (caches and everything). It gave me a couple of hours of peace before the beach ball coming back again. Each time this happens I have free memory of the order of 1 or 2 GB and one swap file...
I spoke too soon. It took only a few minutes of use before the MBP starting to behave erratically (and failing again the drive hardware test). So the initial questions still hold.
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....
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