Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bye Bye Dashboard for Mac


If you've got a Mac, and it's running OSX 10.4 (Tiger), then you also have an application running in the background called Dashboard. Hit F12 and it appears, revealing a number of attractive 'widgets'. Some people love it, as the hundreds of widgets available on the web testifies. I never use it, and whenever I run Activity Monitor I can see it is eating up precious CPU cycles. It also accesses the internet at regular intervals.

Bye Bye Dashboard is a free utility that curtails Dashboard's processor cycle munching activity. And if you decide you want Dashboard back again, it will dutifully resurrect it.

I've not done any scientific tests, but first impressions are that my PowerBook's Finder seems more responsive without Dashboard running.
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4 comments:

Sky Jordan said...

Sounds like a cool thing, well, for you crazy people that don't like the dashboard that is ;) Nice of them to get rid of one of the OS's main selling points

*plays with widgets*

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Teifion said...

I found that on the very very powerful 400MHz G4 (1GB RAM) that Dashboard can take up a lot of power, but, this is only when I've got certain widgits running. It's quite okay with just two stickies.

Jason Clark said...

thanks for this brett

 
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