iPhoneLikeIndicator

Version: 1.1 || Release Date: 2009-09-18 || License: Freeware Developer: Dominik Pich | App Owner: daijdjan

It gives you an entry in your menubar which shows any network activity. Just like the network indicator on the iphone.

What is it?
‘iPhoneLikeIndicator’ was a fun project I did last night. I always liked the iPhone’s network indicator and wanted something similar for OSX.

Born was iPhoneLikeIndicator :) It is a little .... convenient entry for your menubar which shows any network activity. Just like the network indicator on the iphone (that’s where the name is from doh)

How does it work?
The graphical application uses the command line application netcat. It executes /usr/sbin/netcat -u -i -w 1 and parses the results to get the incoming and outgoing bytes. If there is any Activity, the indicator spins. (again, just like on the iPhone smile)

BTW: I haven’t tested it extensivly. I use it since last night and made sure it isn’t leaking memory but I cant guarantee it works on all kinds of systems. It works fine on my MBP C2D under OSX 10.5.8. It should work fine on 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6 though.

Tip: Add it to your login items to have it start automatically. It has a context menu with a quit option

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2 Opinions

Cute and all, but I'd rather use iStatMenus which has network usage display that's both smaller and more useful… I understand the desire to sacrifice these things for matching aesthetics, but it's not my cup.

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