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Tagged Mac OS X

I’m honestly a bit puzzled right now. For some reason, as I was browsing a web page in Safari, the fan in my Macbook started to spin, and it got to the point where it must have been spinning full speed, which is quite loud. I looked at my CPU graph from iStat menus and for some reason, both my CPU’s cores were intermittently running at 100%. First, one core would go to 100%, then the other, then split it 50-50, and so on.

I looked at the process list, and apparently bzip2 was the process taking up so much CPU. What the hell? I’m not running anything that would even think about needing bzip2 to compress something — just Safari. And about 10 seconds later, the bzip2 process was gone, and the computer’s back to normal.

Googling didn’t help, so: what the hell?

A while back I listed my wishlist for Google Notifier, and one of them was the lack of Growl support — instead they use a home-grown one that reinvents the wheel, so to speak.

Fortunately, someone created Gmail+Growl for Google Notifier, a Google Notifier plugin that replaces the built-in notifications with Growl notifications.

So that’s one item off that list. The only other one is support for Google Reader, but the Gmail+Growl software apparently is a “plugin” for Google Notifier. Thus, if there are plugins, then a plugin for Google Reader can’t be that hard.

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