My dear husband, on the other hand, loves to tinker, to figure out what’s working and why, and especially enjoys a challenge to find out why something is not working.
I think of him as my personal system administrator who drives me wherever his queen needs to go, and for that and other duties, he has bedroom privileges. While he has a dozen little gee whiz bang Mac utilities running at any one time I have just one.
Enter MenuMeters, the geeky utility for those who prefer to be informed about what’s going on inside the Mac, but not too much. As you may expect based upon the name, MenuMeters lives in the Mac’s Menubar. It displays four different functions. The CPU Meter, the Disk Activity Meter, the Memory Meter (RAM), and the Net Meter (network throughput).
All that from one little spot on your already overcrowded Mac Menubar.
MenuMeters’ preferences are far more complex than the meter in the Menubar. For example, the MenuMeters CPU preference give you multiple display option, a slider bar for interval updates, another slider bar for the graphic width (hand for Mac Menubars where space is limited).
Likewise, the preference for MenuMeters’ Memory has options for the Menubar display, the update interval time (slider bar), but also customizable colors for the graphs.
Preferences for the Net Meter and Disk Activity Meter work much the same way.
There’s no need to click anything, no pop down windows to worry about, no updating required, and no price tag. MenuMeters is true donationware. It’s free. If you like it, send money to the developer.