Maybe I’m the odd man out because my Mac’s Desktop is covered by apps, but I see the road less traveled often is less traveled for a good reason. So it is with customizing your Mac. There just are not many ways to personalize a Mac these days.
Apple lets us setup Desktop wallpaper, move the Dock around, select a screensaver, and tweak this or that, but we get nothing so dramatic as an option to have colored icons in the Finder. You can’t use Siri on a Mac, but if you want to view your Mac’s system details on the Desktop, that you can do.
Just The Fact’s Ma’am
Maybe I’m the odd duck out when it comes to using my Mac, but I don’t see much of the Desktop wallpaper on the Mac’s screen. It’s all covered up by apps, folders, and files. That makes me wonder why we have Desktop wallpaper at all, but, hey– different strokes for different folks, right? If you keep your Mac’s screen so pristine that the wallpaper is mostly visible, then you’ll like Particulars.
This interesting app does one basic thing. It displays the Mac’s system information– on the Desktop, over whatever wallpaper photo or image you use.
What you’ll see is much the same information as is displayed in About This Mac– computer name, model name, serial number, CPU, RAM, graphics card, OS version, Server version, current user, uptime, disk space and network configuration.
Particulars has three basic modes. Desktop visible, a Today extension in Notification Center, or from the command line.
Particulars is a dynamic app which changes data as your Mac changes. For example, it displays your network connection or Wi-Fi information.
What would really be worth the nominal price tag is an option to display the Mac’s various sensors, fan speeds, and whatever is connected via USB, Thunderbolt or whatever. Otherwise, Particulars is nicely done, and more useful because it also displays information in the Notification Center but my Mac’s Desktop wallpaper is covered up most of the time and maybe that’s the road less traveled.