Suffice it to say that I’m a fangirl of most things Apple. And, for better or worse, I’m incredibly curious about how my Mac works, so the Menubar is loaded with little utilities that do this and that, including system monitoring. Is there a better way?
Clear Way The Cluttered Desktop
When I’m working on my Mac I keep a relatively clean Desktop. Sure, there are files, and folders, and photos, and documents, and notes and snippets, and stuff scattered about.
As each day ends I make sure the Desktop goes back to a near virgin-like state (can anyone who’s not a virgin, be nearly a virgin?).
There’s just enough OCD in me to make sure everything gets put back where it belongs.
This week I found a not-quite-so-handy system monitor app for the Mac. It’s called DesktopActivity. And, sadly, it is what you think it is.
DesktopActivity monitors your Mac. It displays CPU information, RAM numbers, Storage usage, Network throughput, battery life, time and date, and current weather conditions.
What is there not to like about a blend of all that information on your Mac’s screen? See if you can spot the error of DesktopActivity’s ways.
It’s visually attractive. The information displayed is useful and easy to digest at a glance.
The graphic can be moved elsewhere on the Mac’s screen and be positioned wherever you prefer.
So, what’s wrong with DesktopActivity? It works. It’s cheap. It’s attractive. What’s wrong?
Please. It lives on the Mac’s Desktop with all the other clutter that lives on the Desktop. And, by nature, the Desktop is also covered by all your Mac’s app windows.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind a utility that does not reside in the Menubar.
Mine is too crowded with utilities as it is. But a graphic monitoring app that needs to be positioned on the Desktop is inviting itself to be covered up by all the other app windows in use at the time.
If you’re suffering from acute obsessive compulsive disorder and your Mac’s Desktop is obsessively pristine, Desktop Activity is a nice addition.