If you are looking for a highly configurable system monitor you should take a closer look at Glint. The software displays system activity of many - and I really mean many - different devices. The default program window alone can display up to 26 different values like the CPU Processor Time, Disk Read and Write Bytes and Memory Bytes available.
Since this is usually too much for many users, configuration options are available to change what is being displayed by the program. To do so right-click on the program interface once you have launched it on your system. A huge context menu is displayed here that enables you to modify the program to your liking. You can change from the minimalistic display to a larger display that highlights each item monitored here, and disable the program's always on top setting as well.
More interesting than that is the ability to add and remove monitored performance metrics from the program window. To do so open the settings of the program to select only those metrics that you are interested in. If you want, you can also block the program from displaying graphs or lights when data is updated as it may be too much otherwise. Imagine 25 blinking lights on the screen at all times, this can be very distracting to say the least.
Glint is probably not an application for a novice user but someone with a lot of experience can find this really useful. The design of the application might seem confusing at first glance as well, you see 25 blinking colored lights and I would highly suggest to change the layout to graphs and reduce the number of activities that are shown.
Glint does not need to be installed at all which makes it ideal as a quick tool to analyze system activity.
You can pause the program at any time with a right-click on its interface and the selection of pause in the context menu. Select resume from the same menu to continue the monitoring.
Glint is ideal if you want to monitor specific system metrics at all time, for instance during development or while you are testing an application or the PC hardware.
While it may take some time to configure it so that only metrics that you are interested in are monitored, it is a one-time process only and the program runs independently from that moment on.
Glint supports many shortcuts which are displayed to you on program launch. You can use them to display and hide information, and to control the application extensively.
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