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Zen of the Desktop: Now Under New Management! [56K Warning]
Hey there guys. It's Lucky here and I've taken the initiative to roll up a new Desktop thread. The old one was sinking and it was getting near time for a new one anyways so I worked up a new OP. I know it is probably a little bare bones so if you guys could offer up content and guides for it and for other platforms, it would be quite stellar and kind of you as I only have my Windows Vista computer to tinker with and I know many of you guys have different versions Mac, Windows, and Linux so if I am missing something blatantly awesome/helpful, go ahead and bother me.
What Is This Thread?:
This is the Desktop Thread of course! In which, we discuss all manners of blinging, decorating, dressing up, streamlining, simplifying, appreciating and sharing the backdrop of our most beloved electronic companions. If your computer, laptop, netbook, or other miscellaneous device isn't looking sexy and stylish, have no worries for a new wallpaper and quick tweaks to your theme in general is enough to turn things around in record time!
Here is a quick list of easy to use and install programs, many of which are old favorites dressed up with a fresh coat of paint. This list is typically reserved for programs that have easy installs/uninstalls, and much with the OS as minimally as possible. I am going to need your help however! If you have a suggestion for something that meets these criteria, go ahead and PM me. I can't sample all the tasty desktop modding programs out there so ya'll will have to help!
Rainmeter: You guys may have remembered Rainmeter. What started out as a humble addition to a desktop to let you know if the sky was going to pee tomorrow has turned into a widely popular and easy to use interface. Rainmeter uses what it calls "Skins" to an extensive level. The clocks you see, the various meters and bars, each of those is a Skin and each Skin has multiple modes to be tinkered with. After a bit of editing, you can create a "Theme" (Or saved setting of Skins) of your liking or you can go ahead and use any number of the defaults! This is my program of choice! Let me know what is yours! When Toyed with extensively, you can have something as interesting and complexly beautiful as this!
<< More Programs To Come As Submitted >>
Sharing Is Caring:
If you want to post your snazzy desktop, go right ahead! Here's just a small list of pointers.
Be sure to compress screenshots to appropriate sizes. Meaning no 10meg images!
Please put spoiler tags around something that is massive. Anything larger than ~800pixels wide, I would go around and wrap around spoiler tags to be on the safe side.
Also: Include the source! If you think your wallpaper is something that many people will be curious about, just go ahead and link to the source.
While some people enjoy slightly NSFW wallpapers, please just link to them and label your links appropraitely. I don't want anyone getting banned or fired or whatever so be courteous.
Make sure that your links are hosted on your own Photobucket account or something along those lines. It isn't nice to eat up wallpaper designer's bandwidth.
Wallpapers and other device desktops are welcome to the party too! If you have an iPod, Zune, PSP, or whatever that you want to share, by all means!
Want to have your wallpaper featured here on the OP? Maybe it will serve as inspiration for someone? Or maybe people will try and top your submissions? Either way, if you want to have your wallpaper added, just go on and post it in the thread along with the line, "Lucky, have a look!". I'll just hunt each page and add submissions to this list as asked.
Wallpaper from Interfacelift. All the other gizmos and gadgets are from tweaking and toying around with Rainmeter. Wallpaper Source.