The vast majority of Mac users just don’t give a big whoop about what goes on under the hood. The Menubar battery indicator tells us how much time is left on the battery. When the fan comes on we know there’s a loose Flash ad or video that’s struggling to deplete the battery’s remaining juice. Otherwise, most of us just don’t care about how much the CPU is churning away, or how much data is rolling through the internet connection, or which apps use how much RAM. Unless something goes wrong, most of that information isn’t interesting but not critical.
What if you want to know the status of your Mac’s internals?
Thankfully, there are plenty of apps which do the trick, most are not expensive, and some give you more information than you probably care about knowing.
That’s Translucent, where the claim to fame is floating translucent windows on the Mac’s screen, each of which displays specific information that may– or may not– be useful.
Settings are nominal and include CPU, Memory, Network, and Disk information. Translucent lives in the Menubar so you can simply click to view a translucent pop up window for each of the monitoring functions.
Translucent is different in that it displays plenty of window clutter instead of a single pop up window which gives you the Mac’s system status with a single glance. Another problem with Menubar apps is how much of the Mac’s Menubar gets sucked up by a utility that doesn’t get used much. My preference among such resource hogs is iStat Menus, which does more, looks better, takes less effort to use, but also costs a little more.