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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

An activity monitor in the menu bar!

I have to say that in terms of easy access activity monitor, iStat Pro was enough for me. That was until I tried iStat menus. The interface is entirely customizable in System Preferences and you always get a quick preview without having to launch the dashboard. Another great thing is the Date & Time menu. You can even load iCal from the Date & Time menu. More info and download link here on the developer's website.

7 Comments:

Blogger Dion said...

This is great. How do you force the calendar to appear on the far right of your menu bar?

June 10, 2008 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

@Dion

Hold "Command" and drag the calendar to where you want it. It won't go to the right of Spotlight though.

June 10, 2008 at 1:10 AM  
Blogger telraam said...

Wow... I didn't know you could rearrange menu items like that... that's a really cool tip that deserves its own topic!

Thanks

June 10, 2008 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Macgeek, thanks for that tip. I never knew!

June 10, 2008 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

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June 11, 2008 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

I wanted to update what I previously said...
This thing is really cool, and I've been a fan of the iStat Pro widget for quite some time.
Just FYI, I have had some system instability since installing the iStat menus, but it seems to be related to a bug in Apple's airport driver. Sometimes my system crashes every time I try to change my "Location" and sometimes it's just as stable as I'm used to. Sounds like they're working on that, though.

June 12, 2008 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Another option I've been using for a long time is MenuMeters here:
http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/

It doesn't have some of the bells and whistles, but it also hasn't caused any instability.
Still, I'm going to try iStat's version since I've been running the widget almost as long as I've been running MenuMeters.

June 17, 2008 at 10:48 PM  

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