Archive for the ‘Diagnostics’ category

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

March 20, 2007

Overall OS X is a very stable operating system. You can add new programs that increase your Macs usefulness and not have any problems. Once in a great while though, somethings just don’t mix. The bad thing about this though is it might not all be related to the latest program you just installed. It takes some detective work and luck to figure out where the problem comes from. A tool that can help deduce where your problem results from is called Diablotin.

Diablotin is a Preference pane which allows you to manage items which have been added to Mac OS X in the Library folders. Diablotin lets you disable and enable various system add-ons: contextual menu items, fonts, Internet plug-ins, iTunes plug-ins, menu extras, System Preferences panes, QuickTime plug-ins, screen savers, sounds, and StartupItems. If you’re an user with administrative privileges, you can enable/disable these items.

Diablotin website
Diablotin Website

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See What Your Mac is Doing.

March 12, 2007

All versions of Mac OS X come with Activity Monitor. Activity Monitor can be found in Applications>>Utilities. This program is very useful, but can take up a lot of monitor space. A more compact and simplier way to look at your machines activity is use the program developed by Raging Menance called MenuMeters.

MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for MacOS X. MenuMeters is a freeware program that displays it information on the menubar. You can customize what information is displayed through a preference pane in System Preferences.

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MenuMeters Website