theJoshMeister
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I'm the JoshMeister: a computer security geek, Ph.D. student, and Latter-day Saint. I podcast and write about Apple and tech topics for MacTech Magazine. I also write and podcast about information security, the TV show LOST, and religion. I'm also the founder of tJM Software: http://tjmsoftware.thejoshmeister.com

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theJoshMeister rated on 20 Sep 2012
[Version 1.1.0]



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theJoshMeister reviewed on 17 Nov 2010
This is by far the best screen saver I've found that works well with an ATI Rage 128 Pro graphics card. The animation is smooth even when the whole screen is filled with the "spread" patterns.

The only thing this screensaver lacks is customizability, which isn't really a necessity.

Test system:
533 MHz Power Mac G4 (PowerMac3,4)
ATY,Rage128Pro chipset with 16 MB VRAM
Mac OS X v10.5.8
[Version 1.0]



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theJoshMeister reviewed on 11 Jan 2007
This is one of my essential apps.

LoadInDock is by far the best CPU monitor that I've ever used. I love being able to tell exactly how much processor time is being used at any given moment. I keep it in my dock right next to the Dashboard icon (or the Finder icon if I'm using Jaguar/Panther), and I have it set up to automatically launch at login via the Accounts pane in the System Preferences.

On many occasions, LoadInDock has helped me realize that an application has hung, locking up the CPU at 100% load (after which I can use Terminal to check which process is hanging using the "top" command and end it using the "kill" command, which often works better than trying to Force Quit). If for no other reason, I recommend LoadInDock to help advanced users keep a more watchful eye on their system.

The main reasons I like LoadInDock better than Apple's Activity Monitor:

1) Customizability: LoadInDock has more configuration options than AM
2) More Visually Appealing: LoadInDock looks *much* better than AM
3) Percentages In Dock: AM doesn't give you the option to show in numerical form the total CPU percentage (or kernel, user, or nice percentages) in the dock
4) Longer CPU History: History stays longer in LoadInDock's icon than in AM's
5) Less CPU Load: LoadInDock uses much less of the CPU than AM does, according to the command-line utility 'top' (even when the main AM window is closed)
[Version 0.98a]



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theJoshMeister commented on 31 Dec 2006
On my MacBook Pro, the application quits immediately after opening it, without any error message. I'm guessing that this means that Juice 2.2 isn't compatible with Intel Macs (not even via Rosetta). Since the app hasn't been updated since November 2005, that's not too surprising.

The program does, however, launch on my old PowerMac G3. A moderate attempt has been made to make this app look Mac-like, but some of the icons are unfortunately very unintuitive (e.g. a tiny red-and-orange rectangle is supposed to signify a podcast feed) or very Windows-like (yellow folder icons). The podcast directory is extremely limited and apparently not searchable. I didn't try downloading any podcasts with Juice; iTunes already does a great job of that and has a much nicer interface.
[Version 2.2]



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