What do you use Dashboard for?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by samcolson4, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. samcolson4 macrumors member

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    I'm curious.

    Most of the time I have it turned off (through a quick terminal code) but I've recently switched it back on just out of curiosity to see if anything's changed since upgrading to Lion.

    What do you use it for? Specifically on an MBP, where I've found turning it off to be the best allocation of resources...
     
  2. TheJing macrumors 6502a

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    Same as you. I have disabled it on both my macs. I never used it anyway.
     
  3. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    Turned off. Been using it for temperature monitoring, fan speed, weather forecast, and stuff like that. At some point I decided that's useless and I rather have my memory free'd up.

    I'll give it another go with lion soon.
     
  4. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't used it since it came out with 10.4. In fact I forgot it even existed until I upgraded my mini to 10.5 a month ago. I'm going to look into disabling it to see if that helps improve the performance of my G4 mini. Anyone have a link to instructions on how to do that?
     
  5. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Translator, Dictionary, 5 Weather icons, iStat monitor, calculator, 3 world clocks, and 5 sticky notes.
     
  6. TheJing macrumors 6502a

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    To turn Dashboard off:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES

    To turn Dashboard on:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO

    You have to restart the Dock after making either change for it to take effect:

    killall Dock
     
  7. samcolson4 thread starter macrumors member

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    And I thought I was the only one.

    I think Apple will kill it off with the next release. Apps are fast overtaking any need we had for widgets in the first place.

    I also think their basic refusal to have widgets in iOS is also an indicator of this.
     
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  9. dylan.shenton macrumors newbie

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    I use it for iStat pro, A few stickies, WolframAlpha search and a periodic table. Although really when I think about it, I hardly use the dashboard and it is a fairly large resource stealer
     
  10. Heebeejeebies macrumors regular

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    I have istat pro, calendar, and calculator up.

    ...But I don't use any of it. I should get rid of it...
     
  11. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    Do I just enter this into the Terminal?
     
  12. TheJing macrumors 6502a

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    Yea.
     
  13. samcolson4 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think the whole system runs better with it off.
     
  14. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt that. Dashboard just got promoted to having its very own desktop in Lion.
     
  15. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

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    I've used dashboard for years now, you can get a widget called dash quit or something so you can quit it when you need more resources. I have a 15" 2011 MBP that was released before the Lion variations on the F keys so I'm so stoked. Use it for stickies, istat pro and the converter
     
  16. talmy macrumors 601

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    iStat (Pro on iMac, Nano on MacBook), Weather, Daily Comics, Translator, Currency Converter.

    I can't imagine this going away without a replacement. Dashboard was a replacement for Sherlock and there is a need for these things. A Mac App is no substitute.

    As far as resources are concerned, buy more RAM!
     
  17. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    Is Dashboard really that much of a resource hog?
     
  18. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    When I first got my MacBook Pro I kept it on because I planned on using it. However after a while I turned it off since I never used it. It wasn't that uh of a resource hog for me, but every little bit helps.
     
  19. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

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    Dashboard these days is complete piss all compared to most processes, I would only quit if i need max battery life really
     
  20. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

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    On my MBP I mainly use Dashboard for iStat Pro and calculator.
     
  21. Ansah macrumors newbie

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    I like it for calculator, dictionary/thesaurus, unit convertor, quick temperature report and deep sleep widget. My Activity Monitor shows it as using about 30MB of memory (in SL), so I'd hardly call it a resource hog.
     
  22. samcolson4 thread starter macrumors member

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    But on the other hand, it did lose it's dedicated key. It wouldn't be a big step for Apple just to remove it.
     
  23. deafgoose macrumors regular

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    This did not work for me to disable the dashboard in Lion 10.7.2
     
  24. tears2040 macrumors 6502

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    The problem with Lion now is that the dashboard has it's own page, basically destroying the main reason I used it for, which was a lot better in Snow leopard as an overlay.


    Many times I would be on a page and pull up a calculator while still being able to view the webpage in the background...... Now it creates it's own page and is no longer an overlay.... Fvucking Hate it... Lion is a Mess and Snow Leopard is a better OS in my opinion
     
  25. andy2141 macrumors 6502

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    Go into mission control and untick the box saying "treat dashboard as a space".

    Problem solved ;)
     

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