Reader geeklibrarian’s desktop is inspired by Momentum, one of our favorite Chrome extensions, and it looks beautiful. Peaceful and calming, but informative at the same time. Here’s how to get the same look.
First, you’ll need Geektool, a system monitoring and customization engine for Mac. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s our getting started guide, which should help you with the basics.
Once you’re ready to go, here are the other components you’ll need:
- The Höllental wallpaper, by Andi Kulse from InterFacelift
- The GeekTool system monitoring and customization tool for macOS
- The Bowtie app to create and customize the Now Playing widget (this one is using the Karma theme)
As for the Geeklets you’re going to configure GeekTool with, I’ll let geeklibrarian speak:
- Left – “Three Things” reads from a text file (shell geeklet: cat /path/to/filename.txt)
- Left – “Now Playing” is Bowtie with the Karma theme (works fairly well with Spotify + last.fm)
- Center – Time (simple Date command: date +”%l:%M”)
- Center – Greeting using a simple shell script found via Google
- Center – Date (simple Date command: date “+%A, %B %e”)
- Center – Today reads from a text file (or you could just as easily use “echo” twice in a shell geeklet)
- Center – Parsed RSS feed (dropbox.com) from QuotesDaddy.com(inspirational tag)
- Right – Weather geeklet by RikerJoe (thanks for this!)
That should do it! Once you have all of the elements in place, you’ll have a desktop that fooled us into thinking it was Rainmeter on Windows at first, only to be pleasantly surprised that it’s actually GeekTool and macOS instead. It looks great, and it’s functional too.
Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag DesktopShowcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!
Desktop Inspired by Momentum | Geeklibrarian