Issues with OS X Leopard

I upgraded about 6 weeks ago, and so far only two things have bugged me, but they bug me a lot:
1. Emptying the trash takes forever. Why is that? Is this like deep delete or something? Anybody else bugged by this? This was solved by Google, apparently, my default was on “always empty securely”. To hell with security…
2. The mobileme-Sync icon in the header bar. I am not using it, but can’t seem to find a way to get rid of it. Bugger