Originally Posted by IHateRegistering
This is true.
But then my grandparents call me and wonder why their iMac is running so slow. I come over and they have 17 programs open (but no windows open). They don't know the difference between CLOSE and QUIT no matter how many times I explain it; and they've NEVER used Windows.
That's an interesting thing I've discussed with Windows users over the years. There have also been many articles about this in the computer mags, as well as computer sites.
The consensus is that what you are saying is wrong.
I can't even imagine what your grandparents are doing with 17 programs in the first place. The grandparent argument is also getting old. "My old, half senile grandparents are having problems with their Mac, therefore...".
Boy, would they have problems with a Windows machine!
I often run 6 to 10 programs on my Mac at once without ever slowing my machine down. Sometimes, there are 40, or more, windows open. I don't know where you get the idea that a Mac slows down when several programs are open at once, but it's not true. It hasn't been true ever.
On the other hand, Windows is famous for grinding to a halt when just a few programs are open at once, or when more than a few windows are open. That's the main reason why (among other reasons) Windows shuts down programs when the window is closed.
There are quite a few articles about this. Even well known Windows users have written about how they were amazed when switching to a Mac, they didn't have this problem.
One reason is that Windows, despite MS's add-ons for networking, and multi-users, is, at heart, a single user system, based on old protocols of the CP/M system that DOS was derived from. MS never truly updated that metaphor when they moved on to NT. These systems were designed to run just one program at a time.
Because of that, Windows spews off memory fragments which quickly clutters up system memory, dragging the whole machine down. Again, a very well known problem.
With the Mac, we do have some badly behaved programs, such as Safari from Apple itself, which aren't good memory caretakers. But, this doesn't bring down the system, and isn't endemic to the overall design. I've had Safari on now for at least two days without any problems, and have been working with Photoshop, inDesign, and several file converters, all open, and often doing work, at the same time, without any noticeable machine slowdown.
The only place a Mac might get bogged down somewhat, is if several programs must do high bandwidth operations at the same time. But that's a matter of modern machines having more than one core to take care of this.
Windows machines will still grind to a halt, because multiple cpu's can't solve the basic system design faults.