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Tips for making Tiger faster


So as of 10.4.2 I've reinstalled Tiger on the PowerBook. I still don't like it as much as Panther in several ways, but there are many subtle improvements that I do like. However, what has made Tiger more bearable for me was the ability to disable some of the behaviour that I find least pleasing. Here's what I've done:


Remove Spotlight from the task bar

Basically, sudo mv /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle /System/Library/CoreServices/Search_SAFE.bundle More info here.

Spotlight the technology is cool, Apple's implementation just sucks. Instead, I use QuickSilver. It is absolutely awesome, unobtrusive and fast.

Disable Dashboard

Dashboard is SLOW. Maybe a dual 2.5GHz G5 with gigs of RAM is okay with it, my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz is _not_. Disable it and thank me later! The only thing I really liked it for was the calculator. With Quicksilver, who needs widgets!

Opena terminal and type:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES