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Author Topic: Rubber Ducky - a small, fun resource monitor  (Read 6528 times)
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« on: April 30, 2009, 02:47:27 PM »

This was a recent find over at xtort.net

MimarSinan Rubber Ducky System Monitor is a small system performance monitor that reports on your RAM and swapfile use, network traffic, plus hard drive and CPU activity levels. No big deal since dozens of other programs do that already. But what makes Rubber Ducky unique is the display. It uses a small "aquarium" complete with little rubber duck that sits above your system tray. Each element in the aquarium means something.




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System Information at a Glance

    * small aquarium sits above the system tray
    * elements of the aquarium represent system information
    * see what is slowing down your system at a single look

Available Performance Monitors

    * water level: RAM usage
    * water color: SWAP file usage
    * bubbles: CPU usage
    * fish: NETWORK traffic
    * plants: DISK activity


Download link: http://www.mimarsinan.com/rubberducky.asp

Cute and unobtrusive. If you're tired of squinting at tiny numbers and graphs, but still want something to help you keep a rough eye on what your system is up to, give Rubber Ducky a try.

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2009, 04:27:28 PM »

fun idea  thumbs up
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2009, 08:01:55 PM »

I still like the old System Load indicator from my Amiga days.

It was called Flynn and basically it was the animated face of the main character from Doom who sat on Workbench, (Desktop equivalent), and looked left/right, etc but when the load started to get heavy he progressively got more bloody and haggard.


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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 08:05:02 PM »

yes, quite creative i must say.. Cool
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 08:51:27 PM »

I still like the old System Load indicator from my Amiga days.

It was called Flynn and basically it was the animated face of the main character from Doom who sat on Workbench, (Desktop equivalent), and looked left/right, etc but when the load started to get heavy he progressively got more bloody and haggard.


Love it. Very dark humor.



Hmmm...maybe somebody can come up with a Resident Evil version? The more your system degrades, the more angry Alice's expression becomes?

(Hey, I'll take any excuse to get Milla Jovovich's lovely visage on my screen. embarassed)

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2009, 01:16:35 AM »

Flynn and rubber ducky have been part of gkrellm on *nix for ages.
I still use it daily.

Flynn in gkrellm screenshot (to the left):

http://linkerror.com/stuf...Shoot_04-29-09_084018.jpg

This one shows rubber ducky in gkrellm (to the right) (not mine):

http://i16.photobucket.co...is_666/April_deskapps.jpg
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2009, 05:48:18 AM »

(Hey, I'll take any excuse to get Milla Jovovich's lovely visage on my screen. embarassed)

In that case I would have thought you'd go for the changing clothes scene from The Fifth Element...................then again, imagine how many CPUs you'd burn out  tongue
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2009, 07:12:20 AM »

(Hey, I'll take any excuse to get Milla Jovovich's lovely visage on my screen. embarassed)

In that case I would have thought you'd go for the changing clothes scene from The Fifth Element...................then again, imagine how many CPUs you'd burn out  tongue

Hey! I didn't say I wanted to see her naked. I'm primarily impressed with the way her face is put together. It's one of the few that looks good from every angle. Photographers dream of getting to work with a face like that. Plus, she has one of those rare smiles...

(And yes...the rest of her is rather nice* too! Grin )

*Although IMHO she's looks a bit too thin for a woman her age. Sign of the times I suppose. "De gustibus non est disputandum."



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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2009, 01:26:24 PM »

Very nice utility although I am not fond of the auto update app that keeps appearing in my system tray looking for an install.  Should be an option.
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2009, 02:04:17 AM »

Creative way to visualize the metrics, thanks for bringing this to our attention!
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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2009, 05:08:33 AM »

Funny way to display those info! Thmbsup
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