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If you have looked at these pages before, you may have noticed that I am easily irritated. One thing that keeps irking me is this:

Dock symbol of Activity Monitor on OS X displaying the load for two CPUs

WTF? How can a CPU monitor irritate me. Well, to begin with there’s the issue that those two cores in my CPU are displayed in separate bars rather than a cumulative one. I’m sure having it this way makes sense for some people who can read the finer details about their system’s load out of this. But for me it’s usually good enough to know whether the machine is heavily loaded or not (and I think I’m close to being able to tell that just by listening to the fan’s volume). I’m also wondering how much you’ll actually be able to see once you have four or even eight cores working in your computer – those bars will be pretty tiny then.

But I digress, that wasn’t what really irks me anyway. The problem I see here is that if there is a load on the computer that only runs on a single core, that load always appears in the bottom graph. And I really don’t like that. I’d much prefer it to be on the upper graph because I consider that to be the ‘first’ CPU. I have no idea how that ‘error’ happens – whether it’s just how the system distributes the load or whether it is because Activity Monitor draws these graphs ‘Cocoa style’ from bottom to top. And I don’t really care, I just want them the other way round.

November 25, 2006, 0:48

Tagged as Mac OS X.


Comment by leonard_shelby: User icon

try positioning your dock on the left side of your desktop… ;)

cheers paul

November 25, 2006, 3:39

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