What I'm Running - Open Apps - March 1st, 2014
Macs don’t crash much. They also handle themselves well when a ton of apps are running. This was brought home when a co-worker saw me do a Cmd+Tab app switch. Here’s a shrunken version of my active app icon bar that popped up.
From left to right:
Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without also showing the apps running in the menu bar:
Again, from left to right:
Hazel | “Automated Organization for your Mac” LiveReload | Reload browsers automatically after editing files (no more constant app switching) Quicksilver | Menubar access to the go-to app launcher ScreenFlow | Not currently recording DayOne | Unnecessary, but doesn’t appear to be able to be disabled TextExpander | Menu access to snippets when you forget the keyboard way Dropzone | Drag things here and make them go elsewhere Divvy | Hotkeys for shuffling and positioning windows Dropbox | File syncing done right (referral link) Monosnap | Quick and easy screengrab posting Alfred | Alternate app launcher and automation tool (current overshadowed by Quicksilver) i1 Profiler | Shame on X-rite for not updated software even though the hardware is discontinued Flycut | Continuing the search for a multi-clipboard tool that works with my brain Caffeine | Single click to keep monitor from going to sleep during presentations and processing Houdini | Tries to keep the desktop clean by hiding apps after a time GeekTool | Sends output from scripts to the desktop background Symantec AntiVirus | Must have for the corporate network 1Password | Menu bar access to password sanity and security VMware Fusion | To run Linux and Windows machines inside a Mac Messages | Another icon that won’t die MenuMeters | The next two icons are: Disk Activity and CPU usage TimeMachine | Only use this if you care about keeping your files and data Bluetooth status | I wonder who came up with the name “Bluetooth” WiFi status | Signal strength at a glance Volume | Don’t really need this since I just use the hotkeys Batter level | Figure out technology to make this irrelevant and make a zillion dollars Keyboard | To look up key combos to make letters with umlauts Date & Time | Day of the week I can remember - Day of the month I need help with Spotlight | Haven’t been able to kill this one Notifications | Haven’t been able to kill this one either
That makes 62 apps (not counting all the behind the scenes stuff). Pretty good considering I haven’t rebooted the machine in a month. The negative aspect is that with all this stuff open, I really put off any software updates that require restarting. Based on this XKCD strip, I’m not alone.