Here’s the hardware: 1.67GHz Powerbook, with 1GB of RAM. (That’s the model with the fast, 5400rpm drives.) A fair number of apps running – um, 31 at latest count, though quite a few of those aren’t doing anything (eg PHP Function Index, which I just refer to from time to time. It’s terrific.)
I also have Keyboard Maestro (the old, 1.2 version) running in the background, because I have various Applescripts linked to keyboard shortcuts. It gets my email signed with different signatures according to what I’m doing, things like that.
But when I hit the keyboard shortcuts for Spotlight, or for Dashboard (the latter of which I’ve changed to alt-space), there’s a delay of seconds before either Spotlight will start finding stuff, or the Dashboard will appear.
Look, I’ll show you. See? Dashboard took about three seconds to do anything there. I get the impression that it’s swapping memory in and out.
Is anyone else seeing this, or got any ideas? Could it be Keyboard Maestro, which traps passing keyboard input to see whether it matches any of the keystrokes in its records?