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DSS Process Speedometer
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DSS Process Speedometer
Submitted: July 28, 2007
Last Updated: July 28, 2007
Platforms: Macintosh Macintosh
Synopsis: Rather than looking up an application’s process ID using the Unix command ps and the using renice to increase or decrease the amount of time dedicated to a process, we wrote this utility to give these tasks a GUI front-end.

Rather than looking up an application’s process ID using the Unix command ps and the using renice to increase or decrease the amount of time dedicated to a process, we wrote this utility to give these tasks a GUI front-end.

Screenshot of DSS Process Speedometer

To change the amount of time dedicated to a process, click on the lock button and enter the name and password of an administrator-level user. After that, drag the indicator for the slider in the Priority Slice column related to the application you want to speed up or slow down. Alternatively, you can enter a value from -20 to 20 in the Value column; -20 relates to the fastest speed possible, 20 to the slowest speed, and 0 is what most applications are set to when launched.

The value in the Unix PID column is the Unix-based process ID in decimal notation for the process listed, and the value in the column Mac OS PID is the process ID in hexadecimal notation that Mac OS X and Classic use to identify its processes.

If Classic is running, you can see the foreground and background processes running in Classic by turning on the related check boxes, but you cannot change their speed, as they run in the Classic process, a single Unix process; however, the Mac OS PID values are still shown for your information.

The check box for Unix Processes will show those processes running that aren’t tied to a Mac OS process; this feature is currently not implemented.


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Macintosh MacintoshVersion 1.0a1 of this product is available for download as freeware in the Mac OS X .zip format and is 87,183 bytes (86 KB) in size.

DesiSoft Systems provides limited technical support for this product due to its pricing. DesiSoft Systems makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, as to the fitness of this product, and shall not be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) arising in any way out of the use, reproduction, modification and/or distribution of this product, however caused and whether under theory of contract (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise, even if DesiSoft Systems has been advised of the possibility of such damage.

Changes
July 28, 2007Submitted at version 1.0a1