Yes Francis, there is a computer God and he/she has a sense of irony. MacWorld article: How to use benchmarks to cut through marketing hype http://www.macworld.com/article/2861581/how-to-use-benchmarks-to-cut-through-marketing-hype.html It’s not your imagination: your Mac’s overall performance can slow down over time. Most often this happens because we gradually add more apps and background processes, have more and more documents and browser tabs open, and don’t restart very often. All these things take a cumulative toll on your Mac’s performance. Cutting back on the number of things you have open is therefore one of the easiest strategies for putting some zip back into your Mac. Adding RAM (if your Mac supports it), switching from a hard drive to an SSD, and keeping your software up to date are also effective quick fixes for performance problems. Wait, what?? Mac performance slows if: you run more programs and load more startup/background processes You open more documents and browser tabs Don't Restart very often - What??? Restart a Mac, never! You don't update software You use an old slow HDD vs an SSD Run with the stock level of ram Who knew? - You probably don't want to know if you're swallowing that "It just works" meme. Yes Francis, All computers suffer these maladies you're not so special.