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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:21 am    Post subject: Widgets and the Activity Monitor Reply with quote

Just thought I'd pass along this tip. I checked my Activity Monitor for the first time yesterday, and found that some of the Widgets I had installed were real CPU hogs. Most of the Widgets used no CPU time when the Dashboard was not activated, but three of them were combining to use 35% of the CPU! In the background, without even being used.

I took those Widgets off the Dashboard, and my whole Mac Mini got snappier, I'm getting fewer spinning beachballs, and Photoshop has stopped crashing. If I want to use those Widgets, I'll just activate them and then close them afterwards.

Check your Activity Moniitor!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What were the widgets? I deactivated Dashboard with TinkerTool. I wasn't a big fan of widgets and noticed it hogging some resources.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
What were the widgets?


A Frogger emulation game: http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/games/froggsterwidget.html
World Clock
An internet radio station widget: http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/radio_podcasts/singsingradio.html

I'm proud to say that the widget I adapted for my blog (http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/blogs_forums/queerspacecomjamiesblog.html) uses no resources in the background whatsoever. Not that I had anything to do with that--I just ripped off someone else's widget, with permission of course Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
What were the widgets? I deactivated Dashboard with TinkerTool. I wasn't a big fan of widgets and noticed it hogging some resources.


I deactivated dashboard through terminal. This months issue of Mac Addict had a bunch of clean up performance tips. I don't remember the script. I won't be home for another week to find it.

Tinkertool is cool, but I like to learn terminal. I feel so powerful.
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