My Login Items

Yesterday I posted a (apparently well known to everyone but me) tip about quickly adding items to your Login process. There was a comment asking about what I could possibly have with 12+ items starting at Login. So I figured I’d answer that here today.

login items

When I went back to look through the items in the list, I found that about half are actual apps that I want running when I start up my system. These are things that I’d otherwise have to go through and start on my own, but am really just too lazy to be bothered with – so I let OS X do it for me. The other half are services or listeners that run in the background and assist other apps that I may (or may not) use in the course of a day on my MacBook. They’re the really good things to have running upon Login, as they’ll assist these other programs when they’re called upon, and which may not run as efficiently or properly otherwise.

So here’s what I’ve got running every time I log onto my system.

  • Google Notifier – App – Checks my Gmail and Gcal accounts
  • Growl Helper – Helper – runs in the background to assist Growl for Notifications
  • Quicksilver – App – I’d die without it
  • Slim Battery Monitor – App – Takes less space than the standard Battery Indicator
  • Snapz Pro X – App – Takes the best screenshots of any app out there
  • iTunes Helper – Helper – Allows for multiple apps to access iTunes
  • Virtue Desktops – App – Virtual Desktop Manager
  • TextExpander daemon – Helper – Waits for keystrokes it can match and expand
  • Rogue Amoeba Schedule Helper – Helper – So I can schedule Audio Hijack when needed
  • iCal Alarm Scheduler – Helper – Allows iCal to pop up alarms without it being open
  • USB Overdrive Helper – Helper – Assists USB Overdrive in allowing my MX1000 to do tons of crazy stuff
  • Default Folder X Background – Helper – Waits for a save dialog to give me more flexibility come save time
  • Missing Sync Monitor – Helper – Syncs my Blackjack with my MacBook
  • Geektool – App – Runs scripts/displays files & pictures on my desktop
  • Overflow – App – Multiple application launcher. Basically could take over part of this list for me…Hmm, May have to try that for a bit.

Despite the rather lengthy list of items that launch at Login, my MacBook still comes up to a usable state in very short order. Yet I may have to create a nice Overflow collection of apps that would allow me to remove many of the above apps from the Login procedure. I’ll have to see how much faster that makes my Login.

EDIT: I just finally got around to skimming through Adam Pash’s terrific Switcher’s Guide for OS X. Funny how similar his Login items are to mine. I’d say many of these items are fairly universal for Mac users – or should be if they aren’t already.


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