What’s happening to your Mac? Is the CPU overloaded? Has the network ground to a halt? Why is your disk drive making funny noises? Do I need more RAM?
Yes, dear Mac user, those are the questions that used to fray my day, keep me up late at night worrying about the state my Mac might be in, but I could never know for sure. Then, one day I found this little Mac app that removed all my worries.
Track Your Mac’s Performance For Free
Most of us just sit down at the keyboard and do stuff. Meanwhile, deep in the bowels of your lovely Mac, weird things are happening. If you’re curious to know then you’ll need a window to your Mac’s soul.
Fortunately, the window is a free Mac app that tracks four very important aspects of your Mac’s current performance.
MenuMeters is one of those indispensable Mac apps that’ll make you wonder where you were when the Mac Gods were handing out free apps.
As it turns out, being in the know is a time consuming game, and, well, you were busy, but now you’ll know. MenuMeters is a bunch of itsy bitsy tracking apps that track your Mac’s innards and resides in the Menubar.
Here’s what it looks like:
It’s not much to look at, is it?
And, it’s almost self explanatory, which is a built-in feature of MenuMeters that I’ll ignore and explain to you anyway (no, I’m not getting paid by the word). MenuMeters has four basic functions.
CPU Meter – This little app displays your Mac’s system load as a total percentage and can graph it over time. It’s eye candy, sure, but it helps to know how much sweat your Mac is generating while you watch Flash videos.
Disk Activity – Suspicious about suspicious disk activity? The Disk Activity Meter checks all the disks attached to your Mac and tells you how much space each one has left. Or, put another way, how much disk space is used. You get to choose which way to look at it. Either way, you’re covered.
Memory Meter – Man, I’d love to have one of these on my husband’s forehead while I’m talking to him. Memory Meter displays your Mac’s current memory usage (RAM) and is heavy on eye candy with options for pie chart, graph, or paging indicator light.
Net Meter – You’re connected to the internet, right? Of course you are. You’re reading this. Net Meter monitors your network connection so you can see how much and how fast data is going out and coming in.
See? Four handy little apps that meter this and that and reside in your Mac’s Menubar, hence the aforementioned name, MenuMeters. Four? Well, yes. You can choose to run all four or just one (or, two or three), and there are a set of options for each.
It’s colorful eye candy for an already cluttered Mac Menubar, but an excellent reason to use while convincing yourself to buy a Mac with a bigger screen.
Regardless, MenuMeter is colorfully geeky with just the right amount of usefulness and the perfect price tag. Free. Enjoy.