It can be often hard to determine which application may be resource intensive and when the CPU may be relieved of heavy load. For example, a browser open with a single tab may not consume a lot of resources, however, if there were to be say 12 tabs open, then the system resources, including the CPU will be under strain. This is because most of the main stream browsers now come with hardware acceleration. If you require running resource intensive applications and would like to monitor when such an application stops, then try Something is Ready (SIR). It is a portable app, which monitors the CPU load according to user-defined threshold and displays a system tray alert at the end of a resource intensive application. SIR has been developed by the same developer who previously brought us Boray POWer.
By default, SIR displays four presets for monitoring CPU load, these include 92, 88, 50 and 40 percent. You can select a preset or define a custom CPU usage level by entering the load limit (e.g. 65%) and clicking a preset (button) to assign the value to it. To get notifications, either select the “Before you start a task to” or “After you start a task” option. The former is meant to alert you when a CPU intensive application starts, whereas the latter displays an alert when a resource intensive task ends. The current CPU load is displayed on the main interface as well. Such parameters help keep an eye on the CPU load, so that one may be able to balance CPU load usage by adjusting application usage schedule. For example, you might want to start an encoding task after a virtualization application shuts down or an image rendering task completes.
When a CPU intensive task starts or ends, you are displayed with a message from the system tray “Something is ready” (SIR). Unfortunately, the message is not clear enough and one can get a bit confused regarding its relevance when using the application for the first time.
System is Ready works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.