After all, if nothing improves without change, and performance measured is performance improved, then a few useless statistics collected by our Mac might be fun. Or, useful. Or, both. Or, not. Regardless, here’s the tale of a 99-cent statistician for your Mac.
What’s In A Number
OS X on your Mac is something of a cobbled-together hybrid of various and sundry Unix components with a really pretty user interface.
Being Unix-like, OS X collects all sort of interesting pieces of information as you use your Mac each day.
Open Applications > Utilities > Console and you’ll see all kinds of logs for everything from system diagnostics, events, and even crash reports.
What you won’t find is anything interesting unless your middle name is Geek.
To find anything else that’s both useful and fun, you’ll need to roll your own, or invest 99-cents in the Stats app.
What does that get you? Stats.
These are not your father’s statistics from a DOS PC circa 1983. These are a collection of real, live, useful (mostly) and useless (but interesting) stats from your Mac.
For example, there’s the number of mouse clicks. Haven’t you always wanted to know how many times you’ve click your Mac’s mouse each day?
What about key presses? Yep, Stats collects those, too, if only to show you how productive you haven’t been recently.
Other statistical items include a log of the Mac’s system CPU and memory; always useful, though they’re not much more than interesting. There’s something on the app’s site about StatHat and charts in a browser window, and blah, blah, blah. What’s really important is how many times I’ve clicked the mouse and pressed a key.