During startup, the Mac OS does show some of the icons for the files it is loading. This is better than some other systems, where all you may see is an animated activity bar (hint hint). But there is much that Mac OS is not telling you. For one, it isn't showing icons for all startup items, just a few. You may also want to know the name of what is loading. Finally, it would be nice to see how much memory each items uses. Symbionts to the rescue.
Symbionts consists of a control panel and extension. Drag them to your System Folder and restart. You should already notice a big difference. Each items which loads will have the name and memory used below it. You can also see the full name of what is loading on the top of the screen. If you keep the Caps Lock key down, Symbionts will show the total amount of memory used after everything has loaded.
See What Files are Loading and How Much Memory They Use
Symbionts can also enhance the default Extension Manager. In addition to enabling or disabling the same items as Extension Manager, Symbionts can also select which Apple Menu Items, Fonts and Control Strip Modules you would like to load. You can also define sets for special purposes, such as game playing or saving memory. The package is available in English, German and Dutch.
Discover and control what's happening when your system starts up, and give Symbionts a try.
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