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Curious what’s going on with your system’s CPU, disk drives, network activity, or memory usage? While there are many apps that can track these things for you, my personal favorite is Raging Menace’s
Through highly-customizable constantly-updating menu bar icons, you can view indicators for any or all of those four categories of activity. For each indicator, you can specify how often it’s updated, what type of icon is used, the colors used, and certain settings unique to that indicator.
When you click on an indicator in the menu bar, a menu appears showing even more information. Click the CPU icon, for instance, and see not only the CPU usage, but also your system’s uptime, the average system load, and two menu items you can use to launch Console or Activity Monitor.
If you’re an information freak, MenuMeters presents tons of detail in a well-designed and minimally-intrusive interface.