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iCal and the activity monitor. Two elements to have in the Dock

The Dock is one of the most striking features of Macintosh computers, as everything in them, is perfectly configurable and customizable. In today’s delivery we talk about two applications that, in our opinion, should not be missing in it. We explain what they are, how they are used and what they are for. We encourage you to read it and share with us your experience and the configuration of your Dock.

If there’s one thing our Macs have, it’s the ability to customize them to the extreme. While all the articles and images we see of them are similar in configuration and appearance, the reality is that each user organizes, configures and prepares them to work in the most comfortable way and with the desired appearance .

iCal and the activity monitor. Two elements to have in the Dock
iCal and the activity monitor. Two elements to have in the Dock

There are users with certain hobbies and for all tastes, some prefer to have the desktop perfectly clean and others on the contrary want to have everything there. The situation of the Dock is undoubtedly another of the issues to the taste of each. It is designed, like the task bar of our old Windows, to have quick access to those applications that we use most frequently, almost daily, and that we don’t want to have to search the applications folder. But, what do we have in the Dock?

The previous image shows you mine, as you can see it is not especially loaded with elements, I belong to the group of those who opt for clean desks and a lightened dock.

Two of the elements that are in it and cannot be missing from our Dock are: iCal and the activity monitor .

The first one belongs to the most basic applications of our equipment. The new iCloud has come to give a twist to the matter improving its ultility. It is without doubt the best option to be perfectly organized and synchronized

Besides being able to upload to iCal GMail accounts, with iCloud we’ll have our iPhone, MacBook Air (or whatever laptop you use) and iMac calendars synchronized immediately. And we do that on the device we’re using. Also if the change or modification is made on a device that is not a Mac but has a GMail calendar (on an Android device or on GMail’s own website) iCal will also be modified immediately. We no longer have to wait to get home or to work to synchronize our iPhone to keep our to-do list, reminders… up to date. iCal has a friendly, simple and above all very intuitive interface. It displays content by days, weeks, months and even years. It has a pop-up notification system and integrates seamlessly with the Notification Center of our iOS 5.

Secondly, and I firmly believe that due to my condition as Switcher I consider it necessary to have in the Dock the activity monitor . In this utility we can see what processes we have active, how much memory our device is using for each of those processes, the activity of the hard disk, the use of the hard disk and the network. By default, it is opened by the CPU tab. We will be able to make samples of its operation and follow it up. What is the real utility of the activity monitor for a Switcher? .

If we are inexperienced users, it is difficult to know how profitable this utility will be. In this case I recommend it for the “hypothetical” possibility of a program getting stuck (in Windows it is much more common). If a program doesn’t respond on a Mac, most of the time it will be because of a faulty installation or a suspicious one, because of an overload of open applications, without even realizing it, or because of some error in the configuration of the program. The solution is very simple: We only have to open the activity monitor, look for the process that has slowed down the machine or that does not work correctly, click on it and on the top left, on the red button: force exit. Don’t worry about doing it in the wrong way: it will ask you before executing the order and if we have still closed the application that is not, it will be enough to start it again. Start forgetting to reboot every time you have a problem. We’re on a Mac .

Surely it is not one of the utilities that opens too often, we have already spoken on many occasions of the stability of both Macintosh systems, as their programs, but especially at the beginning is appropriate to have it well visible and know what functionality can give us. In our eagerness to learn more about our new computer, we are sure that sometimes we open lots and lots of screens, applications and programs, consuming resources that will make our machine not as fine as it should be. Afterwards we won’t even know what we have open or in the background. With the activity monitor we will know what is eating our memory and we will be able to solve it with a single click .

Remember that to have an application in the Dock you just have to locate it in the applications or utilities folder and drag it to it and when you don’t want to keep it there it’s as easy as dragging it to the desktop, with a stroke of the pen and leaving behind a trail of dust…it will disappear, just like that.

What about you? What applications do you consider essential in the Dock? How do you have yours configured? Tell us about your experience.

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