There’s a new icon in my macOS menu bar. It is a non-intrusive icon, barely noticeable really. But oh so important to me.
It takes the form of a (mostly) green dot. Every now and then —
On rare occasions, that (mostly) green dot changes its colour to red. When that happens, its usually a prelude to a frantic bout of clicking and typing as I work to restore equilibrium to my digital universe and transition that little dot back to its happy green state.
That (mostly) green dot lives in my menu bar courtesy of the BitBar app and a small shell script I have written (available as a Gist). The script’s purpose is simple: to audit my network security services and visually indicate their status with a simple traffic light system.
- Green: all security systems are up;
- Amber: one or more non-critical security systems are down;
- Red: one or more critical security systems are down.
Now, with BitBar and my shell script, I have an at-a-glance indication of all these systems. But, there’s more, when I need more detail (that is, to see the status of each of the components the script checks) a click on that little dot produces the following summary drop-down:
I have to say, BitBar is rather cool. I’ve wanted something like this for some time. BitBar made it easy to put together. Furthermore, there is a reasonable selection of user-contributed plugins on the BitBar website too.
What will you put in your menu bar?