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Jan 22, 2010
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My custom desktop using GeekTool and Photoshop

My desktop

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My inspiration for my desktop was this blog post about 50 Custom Mac desktops. Especially this one by by santoscreative.

The actual wallpaper: I used the same background image as he did, which can be found here: http://stratification.deviantart.com/art/Dramatic-Room-No-Text-71289306

I then modified the background image in Photoshop by adding some custom made shelves (using resource files for a wooden custom Mac dock).

The corkboard is a psd template that can be found here: http://sedart.deviantart.com/art/Cork-Board-80635778

I added my own photos to the corkboard and the “Think Different writing on the Post-it”.

The window started out as a poster, for which the template can be found with the screenshot of the desktop that inspired me. I made the wooden window from my shelves simply by cropping and rotating the shelves.

Additionally, I positioned several other objects on the wallpaper. Most are actually icons that I simply use as pictures.

The Starbucks cup: http://ironicallife.deviantart.com/art/Cup-full-of-joy-93617652 The headphones: http://pixelresort.com/blog/itunes-icon-pack/

The bird: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/23/friday-freebies-flavours-icon-set-and-cute-tweeters-icon-set/

The mail envelope: http://www.mcdodesign.com/downloads/?p=74

The inbox is from this website: http://www.marmalademoon.com/

The pencil: http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/drawing/how-to-create-a-super-shiny-pencil-icon/

The fox: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/28/feed-me-animals-a-free-rss-feed-icon-set/

The desktop: On top of this wallpaper I have several folders that integrate into the design.

The boxes: http://adam3k.deviantart.com/art/Boxes-53489639

The old camera: can’t find it right now :(

The iMac: http://barrymieny.deviantart.com/art/Virtually-There-106029913

The Snow Leopard: http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpaper/?snow_leopard

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On top of that image layer I added some information using Geektool. The number in the speech bubble is my NetNewsWire RSS unread count, the number on the inbox is the number of unread mail and the calendar and clock update themselves.

The Geektool commands:

the weekday: date +%A the date: date +%d

the month: date +%B

the current time: date '+%I:%M %p'

the calendar: cal | sed "s/^/ /;s/$/ /;s/ $(date +%e) / $(date +%e | sed 's/./#/g') /"

the unread mail count: unreadmail=`/usr/bin/osascript -e "tell application \"Mail\" to set unreadCount to unread count of inbox as string"`;

the unread count for NetNewsWire: unreadnews=`/usr/bin/osascript -e "tell application \"NetNewsWire\" to set unreadNewsCount to total unread count as string"`;

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