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Feed Me To The Stars

My studio setup.

  • 1x custom PC, Windows 7
  • 1x custom G5 Hackintosh, OSX ML
  • 5x 24" Screens
  • 1x Mouse & keyboard, running Synergy

Still got a few things to tidy up, but this is the general idea.

First-time poster, long-time reader, & a big fan of everything you guys do here =] Hopefully these geeklets will come in handy for the beginners, through to the more advanced.

If you're a newbie here, a full-size screenshot is available at the bottom of this page. Along with links to download each Geeklet shown. Also, please try to ignore the random numbers on the end of each .glet file. They are automatically added upon upload here. I'm not really sure why =\

Calendar

The name of the current day is displayed with Day.glet.

The date is Date.glet & my custom calendar backing image behind it is Calendar.glet & Calendar.png (place the .png where-ever you like, & point the Calendar.glet to it).

Month is displayed with Month.glet. And then the iCal Events are pulled through using Events.glet. I made a few modifications of my own to suit what I was after.

(More information here - http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/productivity/fully-customizable-ical-events-list-1/).

Mail

This is actually two Geeklets I combined.

Recently received email is displayed with Mail.glet below MailHeading.glet. The Mail App needs to be open for this to work properly- which wasn't a problem for me, as I have it set to load & hide on boot anyway.

The Mail icon & badge / number overlay is applied with a script by frenchyquentin. I took the opacity of his MailMessage text down to 0% & left the Geeklet on the screen, as it's required for the badge to function.

(More information & customization here - http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/messaging/enhanced-mail-app-email-list/ and here - http://frenchyquentin.deviantart.com/art/iOS-7-Geektool-Mail-398738711).

Bandwidth

The current download & upload speeds are shown with Bandwidth.glet, & appear to refresh every 5 or so seconds, even though it is set to 1 second.

And the Download & Upload arrows are placed beside with Download.glet, Downloads.png, Upload.glet & Uploads.png. (Again, you'll need to point to the .png files).

Time

Pretty simple, displayed with Time.glet

Dock

Again, simple. This is just a backing for the custom dock. Dock.glet.

(MUCH more information + icons here! - http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/collections/ios-7-9/).

Weather

Current temperature in degrees celsius is Temperature.glet & Celsius.glet.

The image is pulled from Yahoo Weather with Weather.glet.

Forecasting of the next three days is done with Forecast.glet, & my personal additions of Sunrise.glet & Sunset.glet.

There are plenty of guides around on how to customize the coding for your area.

Moon

The current moon details are shown with Moon Phase.glet & Moon Caption.glet

(More information here - http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/weather/moon-phase/)

mattfield's guide was helpful, but for some reason I couldn't get the 256.jpg (or any size, for that matter) to display straight to GeekTool, so I came up with my own method- which is a little lengthy but it works.

I compiled an Automator script which runs on each boot. It points to my GeekTools folder (/Users/username/Documents/GeekTool).

First, it deletes any old 256.jpg copies of the moon. Then it downloads the latest copy of 256.jpg, & rotates it by 180 degrees (As I'm in the southern hemisphere, & the moon is opposite down here).

Moon.glet then grabs that image & displays it. Unfortunately, it has the black background, & it will only update on each boot until I can find a better solution. But the current moon details will still update every 4 hours.

Unfortunately, I can't upload the script or a .zip of it here, the site won't allow it. I'll see if I can link it in shortly.

Solar System

This is something I came up with myself. I had the rough idea of what I was after, but I just couldn't find any existing geeklets that came even close.

I scoured the internet for weeks, trying to find a site that would regularly produce a single .jpg to display the current planetary positions in the solar system. But everything was flash based ect.

Until I came across this - http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Solar.

After some tweaking, the result was Solar System.glet. I'm fairly confident that the url from which it grabs the image, contains the code for the current time & date (as opposed to 1 static date).

Which means that this image should then update & change every day. I've only had it running for 2 days so far, so it's too early to tell, as planets don't move too fast..

Auto Refresh On Boot

I've been experiencing issues with GeekTool loading correctly on boot- but then requiring a Manual Refresh before the Events & Forecast info will come through. After reading around, a few others have had the same issue. I wrote an Apple Script to solve this, which loads on boot, but waits 15 seconds before applying the refresh (to allow GeekTool to finish loading).

Unfortunately, I can't upload the script or a .zip of it here, the site won't allow it. I'll see if I can link it in shortly.

Feel free to modify & improve on these, & definitely share your feedback here. And also, please give credit where it is due =]


Thanks to farski for his iCal events list - http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/productivity/fully-customizable-ical-events-list-1/

tresni & frenchyquentin for their Mail App Geeklets http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/messaging/enhanced-mail-app-email-list/ and - http://frenchyquentin.deviantart.com/art/iOS-7-Geektool-Mail-398738711

VoidX for his awesome iOS 7 Theme guide - http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/collections/ios-7-9/

And to mattfield for his Moon Phase 2.1 instructions - http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/weather/moon-phase/.



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