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Counting the Finder, roughly how many GUI applications are running on your machine at once?

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None; I boot in single user mode 46 (1.40%)
1; who needs more than the Finder? 180 (5.48%)
2 - 4 501 (15.27%)
5 - 7 1,046 (31.87%)
8 - 10 699 (21.30%)
11 - 13 378 (11.52%)
14 - 16 236 (7.19%)
17 - 19 85 (2.59%)
20 - 22 45 (1.37%)
23 - 25 16 (0.49%)
26 or more! 50 (1.52%)
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Yes, but how many open windows?
Authored by: Han Solo on Mar 30, '04 07:50:22PM
Currently, 15 GUI apps (including Terminal -- I think that counts) are open on my desktop, but at least 60 windows. Exposé would be nearly useless on my 17" screen except for the fact that it doesn't show windows of hidden apps. (I find I don't use it much anyway.)

Whence so many windows? Around 20 program files open in BBEdit, 4 Terminal windows, 9 windows in X11, a few Mail.app messages, over a dozen Finder windows, several TeXShop documents (LaTeX code, console, and preview windows for each), half dozen Safari windows (multiple open tabs in each), Preview, etc., etc.... with just one for iTunes.

For me this is a pretty normal usage load -- maybe even a bit low. I'm amazed by the folks running fewer than 7 apps at once!

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Yes, but how many open windows?
Authored by: David on Mar 31, '04 12:57:06PM

Well, I've currently go around 50:
Explorer - 10 windows
Safari - 13 windows (doesn't include tabs)
Address Book - 1
iCal - 1
Word - 2
BBEdit - 15
Terminal - 1
Mail - 2
Excel - 1
OmniWeb - 1
Finder - 1

but that is because the computer was slowing down (I'm pretty sure it is IE :( as I hardly ever use it). Normally, I've got 15-20 apps open. The only way I survive is using Command-Tab and the F11 key. :-)

IMHO, anyone who has under ten apps open isn't using their computer properly!



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Yes, but how many open windows?
Authored by: ihafro on Apr 01, '04 10:54:51PM

Right now, I have three finder windows, one Safari w/ 18 tabs open, two Firefox with a total of 42 tabs open (all but three in one window), the Mail.app window, five documents plus the floating windows in Word, two Terminals, Sherlock, Toast 6, one Preview w/26 pages, CarraFix, four BitTorrent, Addressbook, 2 iChat, Quicktime player (running, but no windows), VLC, two Photoshop windows, and one Adobe Imageready.

Not bad for an old Umax S900.



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Yes, but how many open windows?
Authored by: s0mmeil on Apr 07, '04 06:54:45PM
IMHO, anyone who has under ten apps open isn't using their computer properly!
IMHO, anyone with 50 windows open at once needs to relax a bit and make more efficient use of their applications features. ;)

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My Desktop
Authored by: jesboat on Mar 30, '04 08:35:02PM

Don't know my window-count, but currently I'm running Safari, Terminal, Finder, Stickies, X11, Software Update. Usually iTunes is running too. I run LaunchBar, psi, SSHKeychain, DesktopManager, and a few other background apps.

As for Desktop-manager, I'm currently filling 5 virtual desktops out of 9.

I have 10 Terminal windows, and 7 Safari tabs open (in 3 windows). Usually much more for each of those.

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Compared to Windows ...
Authored by: hamarkus on Apr 02, '04 05:03:39PM

When I complained to a Windows user some time ago about the nuisance of having to restart constantly a lot of programs since they all get terminated when one closes their last window, he replied that this behaviour was better anyway since otherwise these programs would use up too much memory...





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Compared to Windows ...
Authored by: mschiavio on Apr 02, '04 06:55:23PM

Windows people...will they ever learn?...

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Compared to Windows ...
Authored by: mhollis on Apr 02, '04 11:26:53PM

One of the things I notice in Windoze users these days is that they tend to like to run their applications in "full-screen" mode and, when using a Macintosh decry the green "right-size" button that tends to expand the application's window to fit the available content and still show part of your desktop (especially in Apple's wider displays). It's like they're afraid of the desktop or some other underlying application suddenly gaining focus.

Thus, were you to ask a Windoze user how many open applications they have, they'd have to count down on their taskbar or start closing windows, counting each one as they closed. With my Mac, I look for black arrows showing open applications, but I can easily switch from each to the other, as I can usually see parts of applications that are open on my desktop.

I agree with the comment that Windoze users tend to reboot a lot (thus, shutting down a number of GUI applications). In fact, if you ask a Windoze-trained user, they'll tend to tell you that all computers must be periodically rebooted on a regular schedule in order to remain "healthy." I look at my Macintosh, which has been running continuously with no problems for over a fortnight since I last upgraded the operating system (which did require a reboot) and which ran continuously for around two months prior to that upgrade and I just chuckle. Whatever happened, in the Windoze community, to the concept of "continuous uptime?"

One program that I run continuously is Folding @ Home. It's always on. Another I run continuously is Ricardo Batista's Speed Maniac which seriously speeds up my web browsing and improves my experience on the Internet. I normally have Mail.App open, checking my e-mail in the background and I tend to have iChat and Bitwise Chat an encrypted Instant Message client open as well when I am working. But I have plenty of RAM. I tend to close everything down and go to another user for working with Final Cut Pro, because I like speed while editing and, running a G4-400 with a 1GHz upgrade, I hardly have extra processor cycles to waste while doing that.

But I can almost always see a little bit of desktop, unlike pee cee users, who seem to fear that.



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Compared to Windows ...
Authored by: rb3 on Apr 08, '04 03:06:28PM

Any comments on the benefits of Speed Maniac versus Pith Helmet? I know very little about either of them, but am very curious.

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Compared to Windows ...
Authored by: boomer502 on Apr 14, '04 01:41:46PM
I love my mac, but I have learned to refrain from sounding like some school girl gushing over it. Can we get a reality check here? I use both platforms, and this post is just plain elitism/zealotry with very little actual knowledge.

Thus, were you to ask a Windoze user how many open applications they have, they'd have to count down on their taskbar or start closing windows, counting each one as they closed. With my Mac, I look for black arrows showing open applications, but I can easily switch from each to the other, as I can usually see parts of applications that are open on my desktop.

What exactly is the difference between counting the tasks in the Windows task bar and counting the number of apps with black triangles in the Dock? What exactly is the added benefit? What is the big deal about being able to see other apps underneath the active app? Either way, you move the mouse, click th eapp you want active and get to work. On both platforms, you can tab through active apps. If you need the desktop in Windows, you click the desktop icon inthe taskbar. Not exactly rocket science, and pretty much what show desktop in Expose does.

I agree with the comment that Windoze users tend to reboot a lot (thus, shutting down a number of GUI applications). In fact, if you ask a Windoze-trained user, they'll tend to tell you that all computers must be periodically rebooted on a regular schedule in order to remain "healthy." I look at my Macintosh, which has been running continuously with no problems for over a fortnight since I last upgraded the operating system (which did require a reboot) and which ran continuously for around two months prior to that upgrade and I just chuckle. Whatever happened, in the Windoze community, to the concept of "continuous uptime?"

What kind of ill-trained twits are you talking to with PCs? Are we referring to somebody who bought the Wal-Mart HP with 128MB of RAM, no video card and a 4500 RPM hard drive? Yeah, they're going to have to reboot a lot. So is any Mac user running X on a low-end G3 with 128MB of RAM. It wasn't so long ago that I could bring my Mac with OS 9 to its knees with a single bad font or extension, or have we already forgotten about Type 11 errors?

Chuckle if you like, but I've been the "support guy" for the office Macs for years, and you get your share of knuckleheads in that group too. A person with any inkling of knowledge about his/her platform can run it quite effectively without reboots (My Dell at home with XP and 512MB runs two users continuously without a hiccup). Continuous uptime is easy on XP with some commons sense, just like on my Mac.

If you're going to bash on another platform, at least get the facts beyond talking to a couple of yahoos who wouldn't know a mouse from a keyboard. Odds are, they could hose the Mac just as easily. I've seen it done.

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Compared to Windows ...
Authored by: hamarkus on Apr 16, '04 07:24:55PM

You're absolutely right in saying that not everything that is different on Mac is automatically better, as some people tend to do.

Just having talked to a Windows user about the full-screen issue, he claimed to feel distracted if not in fullscreen mode, which is offcourse a subjective statement but nevertheless a valid point.

One argument against full-screen mode is the possiblity of using parts of other windows, from the same app or another one, as really big buttons.



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Mine
Authored by: momerath on Apr 12, '04 05:32:49PM
My typical open applications:
  • Finder
  • Dragthing
  • Stickies
  • iChat AV
  • NetNewsWire
  • iTunes
  • Mail
  • Safari
I often have open the terminal and other apps like textedit open, too, but these remain on almost constantly.

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