There are multiple ways to tinker with your Mac. For some Mac users, the nitty gritty of Terminal is like a second home. For others, well, we just want to see what’s going on, but not actually take part in the action. Your Mac has an app for that in Activity Monitor. Or, use Peek-a-Boo.
Like Activity Monitor But Not
Peek-a-Boo monitors all your Mac’s running processes; the ones you know about (Safari, Mail, TextEdit, Microsoft Office, etc.), and the ones you don’t normally know about (kernel_task, launchd, ntpd, netbiosd, cupsd, mds, and many, many, many others).
There’s Peek-a-Boo’s traditional Process List window (much like Activity Monitor, which is already on your Mac). But you can also view the Logging window.
In fact, if you like windows that monitor a little of everything, you’ll be at home with Peek-a-Boo. There’s a Process Information window, a CPU Usage History window, the Logging window, and even a combined System CPU and Memory window (a graphic display).
Beyond Activity Monitor’s display, Peek-a-Boo features a few user tools, too. You can halt and continue a specific process (vs. simply kill the process). Renice is a function which can allocate more or less resources to a process. The High-Powered Kill is designed to kill even wayward processes.
These are all somewhat geeky functions, but my favorite is the Process Throb. It may sound kinky, but it’s pure eye candy in a highly technical way.
As resources use the CPU, icons throb, pulsate, grow on screen. There’s no way to show it effectively on a static graphic, but if you Click Here, there’s a decent video which displays the throb and other Peek-a-Boo functions.