Hoping someone can help me with this. I am currently running a streaming stock ticker (java). The ticker works fine for awhile, but continues to slowdown as time goes by. My PC becomes slower and slower until I have to close the ticker and restart it. Then the process repeats. I have a 2.4 G Intel processor, 256m of RAM, and the only other program I am running on this PC is the IB workstation. The IB workstation seems to be operate fine. An ideas what is going on here? (yes, i'm technically incompetent for those who want to hear it). How can I prevent or slow this process down without having to buy another PC (i'm doing just fine with one machine). Thanks to all who reply.