Descriptions for Sharky Switch Creator 1.0.0
Name: Sharky Switch Creator
Mac Platform: Intel
OS Version: OS X 10.7 or later
Processor type(s) & speed: 64-bit processor
With this app you are able to build your own pause/resume switch, that will act on any process running on your mac, even the root owned one.
So, you’ve just bought a shiny new Apple machine ? It is the fastest machine in the lineup with the max RAM you could afford. And even that doesn’t stop OS X from throwing that annoying beach ball icon at you right when you’re at your most productive phase of the day ?
If the answer to that is yes, read on!
Mac OS X normally is a pretty good multi tasking operating system but like all operating systems, OS X also has it’s limits and while it tries to make maximum use of the RAM and CPU power available to it (and multiple cores, if you’re using a grand central enabled application), there will always be times when you have to face the beach ball. All current generation of Macs come with a fairly generous amount of RAM so running out of RAM is not that real a problem and if an application still needs to use more RAM than a certain threshold, the operating system’s swap and memory management routines kick in to handle that.
CPU cycles, on the other hand, are always in short supply. If you’re into any kind of multimedia creation or editing, you’d know what I mean. So, what exactly are your options when an application you’re running starts consuming the CPU like there’s no tomorrow ?
Well, the first option is pretty straightforward. Find the errant application and close it. You can find the CPU usage of all applications by looking at the Activity Monitor. To kill an application just select it and click the Red Quit Process button. Can’t be easier than that ! The only problem with this approach is that you lose whatever tasks you were doing in that application and there really is no way to get them back unless the application itself has a feature to save your tasks and resume. But, it turns out that there is another way to deal with this problem.
Mac OS X provides a method by which you can “pause” an application instead of quitting it and then later when you want to get back to it, continue running the application from exactly the point where you left it.
What this app will do for you, is to build a switch that will pauses whatever tasks the applications, or binary executables, is performing and takes away control of the CPU from it. Your tasks are still kept in memory and are safe. You can check the status of the process in the Activity Monitor and it should be consuming 0% of the CPU now. When you’re done with your work and want to get back to the paused process, just use the same switch to resume it.
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