Time Machine is one of my favorite new Leopard applications, yet I have to admit that it fails to provide sufficient information on backups.
This where Time Machine Buddy comes in. This little widget structures and displays all backup logs from the application, letting you know in real time what is being saved. The program sits in your Dashboard and is normally inactive until you decide to launch Time Machine.
Once the program is running, all you need to do is open up Time Machine Buddy to monitor the logs. For most people, the information found in them might probably be just a scramble of words. However, if you look more closely at the logs you'll be able to understand what is being saved.
Time Machine Buddy logs backups every 15 minutes and you can refresh it manually to ensure it has all the latest info.
Time Machine Buddy, by displaying full logs, makes for a good companion to Apple's backup program.