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X Resource Graph - Another system monitoring tool Pick of the Week
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I'll admit it; I'm a fan of system monitoring widgets. I have a collection of them, and I can't say I use any one of them regularly (though MenuMeters,a previous Pick of the Week, is probably the one most likely to be running on my machine). However, I like looking at such tools, just to see what people are doing with them. An email pointer sent me to X Resource Graph's (XRG for short) homepage, and after playing with it for a week or so, I've added another monitoring tool to my collection.

XRG runs in a window, either vertical or horizontal, and can graph a number of objects, such as CPU usage, memory usage, battery status, network activity, and disk usage. You can also track weather at various reporting stations and various stocks that you're interested in. You have full control over fonts, color, transparency, anti-aliasing, drop shadows, and other such eye candy (there are even downloadble themes); here's a shrunken view of how XRG looks while running at the bottom of my screen (full size version).

While running, XRG does use a bit of CPU -- about 7% on my PowerBook, less than 1.5% on the G5. However, I've never noticed its impact on anything else I've been doing on the PowerBook, so I'm not overly concerned about the CPU usage.

Yes, there are tons of other tools out there that do similar things -- the Pick of the Week isn't meant to identify the best product at doing something. Rather, it's just my way of identifying programs that I think are unique, useful, or interesting ... and XRG is just such a program.
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X Resource Graph - Another system monitoring tool
Authored by: mivok on Mar 02, '04 12:51:59PM

Found this one a few weeks back, until then I used gkrellm (installed from fink), which while it worked (and is still the first X app I install on linux/*BSD), wasn't ideal (required X to be running, had minor problems with expose).
One of my favourite features is the ghost themes - just put the meter on the bottom right of your screen and let it blend in with your background.

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