"Yeah but even the stuff I used to do runs slower."
Yes, because you are using newer, updated versions of those programs and the people who make that software assume you are regularly upgrading your computer. Each version of Microsoft Office is going to be more of a hog on your computer's resources than the last one. Everybody makes their programs load on startup because they assume you have vast stores of RAM to keep it in
Freaking good point! This is why I got nerd-raged when people expect newer OSes (i.e. Vista) to have on-par performance with their previous incarnations on the same OLD hardware. COME ON! Really? Really. Really??