[I'm the TaskMonifier author]Wow!
I just happened to be reading the DonationCoder blog and saw a link to my own software. It's nice to know that someone has found it useful!
I'll be quite honest here and now: I wrote the software to handle a bunch of long-running experiments at the start of the year but since then I haven't needed it. I haven't updated the software since and I know there's some flakiness with the network/disk usage detection. However, if anyone finds the software generally useful but lacking in some areas, please please email email@example.com and I'll try to fix/implement whatever's missing. Despite my initial intentions, I've resisted making this open source because there's already too much open-source software lying abandoned in sourceforge -- it really only works for apps with a strong user community and until now I didn't think anyone had even found TaskMonifier!
Regarding the comments above:
It works with multi-core systems.
Cool. I don't have one so that's nice to know.
- TM does not load into the tray;
It might be easy to add (and change the icon based on state) but equally well there are plenty of programs that will minimise any application to the task tray.
- TM does not play a humming/throbbing/farting noise in tune to CPU load;
Interesting idea, not quite sure how you'd implement it and what the use case would be. Would it get quieter when the CPU was busy (letting you know it was working away) or when the usage was lower (letting you know it was less loaded). Not sure about this.
- TM is not aware of specific apps, as it monitors total CPU busyness;
I believe that this is technically possible but it would complicate the UI considerably.
- TM is not optimized for performance, but who cares if the PC is loaded down anyway?
Agreed. I'm not sure if the slowness is down to TaskMonifier itself or just the startup costs involved with C#/.Net applications
Thanks for your feedback! If there's any more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to this thread which I'll monitor.