My father always told me that a clean car ran better than a dirty car. The wisdom of age and a few dozen cars since, and I know that’s not quite true, but paying attention to a car is the first step in a good maintenance plan.
The same holds true with your Mac. Most of the time the Mac just works and we go about the day slaving over a hot keyboard, fully intent on accomplishing a digital mission, but not always paying attention to what goes on under the Mac’s hood.
Add iStat Menus to your Mac’s Menubar and you get a one glance look at the basics of Mac performance. Eight different and useful functions can be monitored with a glance or a click in iStat Menus.
The Mac’s CPU performance can be seen using a graph, with more details visible with a click. Network throughput displays a graph of inbound and outbound network traffic.
For MacBook users there’s a quick look at remaining battery power, but a click also delivers a look at mouse, keyboard, trackpad battery levels.
iStat Menus also displays disk activity, disk usage, and realtime sensor information for temperature, hard disk drive temperatures, fans, and more.
There’s even a configurable date, time, and calendar option for the Menubar. These are exactly the kinds of tools you would expect Apple to provide in OS X, but it takes a third party developer to do the deed. It’s a nice utility to have on your Mac despite the price tag.