An unsolicited GeekTool showcase

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Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella? Fo’ Drizzle.

Given that I spent too much of my Sunday fooling around with my GeekTool setup and did very little of any use, I figured I’d at least show off the results.

Left to right, top to bottom. It’s the only way I know.

  1. Time Machine progress indicator
  2. Sidecar
  3. Top Mem and RAM processes
  4. 5-minute load average (from w)

That’s just too much stuff. Boy ain’t right.

  1. A CPU chart using the Arc font (two-layers, system and user)
  2. Weather Icon from my homemade set, info fed by Weather Underground
  3. The Dark Sky current conditions
  4. My last 3 doing entries
  5. Basic date output
  6. The Dark Sky summary forecast. Because I don’t like leaving the house if I can’t put the top down.

This is where I blew over 90 minutes…

Number 1 is my real fun for the day. I’d been using my command line bar chart to amuse myself with some analytics, but decided I could do better. GeekTool lets you put transparent images on the desktop, and Google Charts Image API can make transparent images, so it seemed natural. I spent most of my time figuring out all the nasty abbreviated and unintuitive parameters for the deprecated image API, but it worked.

Number 2 is a bandwidth test, download on the left (top number is last test, bottom is average over last 15), upload on the right. It was pinging to my own controlled speedtest server, but that stopped working. Now I just set a permanent target server on the speedtest network to get more accurate tracking.

Number 3 is my old Weather Underground full forecast. That’s transitioning to Dark Sky shortly, I just already had that one worked out…

As an aside, I made this post in the Clarify beta, which can export to Markdown. It’s really cool for documentation and image annotation.

Hope you had a more productive Sunday. I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I worked out a cool new retina image solution, finished a draft of the children’s book I’m working on, caught up on customer support, fixed some Marked bugs… I guess it’s been a pretty good weekend.