Surplus Bytes Software
wants to help you kill the Dock in Mac OS X. Well, sorta.
The company offers KillDock 0.9, a utility that will terminate the process which runs the Dock for OS X. According to the folks at Surplus Bytes Software, the Dock can get “slightly messed up” after running for a while and become confused about which programs are really running. KillDock lets you off the Dock. But don’t worry. Once it’s killed, Mac OS X will restart it. When it comes up, it’s no longer “slightly messed up,” according to Bytes Software.
KillDock will let you see the process ID of the program which runs the Dock for Mac OS X. It’s freeware. If you think you need the utility (and there are other ways to terminate the Dock), it’s a 40k download and you can grab it at the Surplus Bytes Software Web site. The company also offers the free Mac OS compatible, FloatingDice, a random number generator for role playing games.