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Desktops of Oct & Nov - Creative Patch Addition Answered

Want to get another patch? Last months desktop wallpaper thread did excellent, it would seem you loved the idea of getting some patches for your work.

This month I am going to ask you to work harder for your patches! I want to encourage your creativity, so dig out one of your best digital photos, whip open photoshop, or show off a great new interface.

All unique, creative and personal desktop screenshots will get a patch!

Unique, creative and personal means we are looking for something new and fresh, not just a wallpaper grabbed off deviant art! Whether its a custom interface, or a home made wallpaper, just something that is unique to you.

This month I have a couple of home made wallpapers to show off, I created both of these from scratch. By scratch I mean I actually cut up those bits of card, and glued those bits of marble.
Both wallpapers were then accented and grunged up in photoshop. I then used geektool to match the type already on the card to make the date and time blend in.
Tinkertool adds a few extras, including the modded dock, and menu bar items. Little Snitch runs in the menu bar, keeping an eye on what programs are doing.
3rd screen has a picture of my Fiance - as always :D
4th pictures shows my crazy screen set up!

What are you waiting for? Post your most creative desktop set up, and claim you patch! Be sure to explain any fancy programs you have running also.
  • To take a picture of your desktop on a windows machine use the printscreen key on your keyboard, Open up paint, Edit, Paste and then save this as a png. then upload this onto Instructables.
  • To take a screenshot on a mac use the apple key, Shift and 3. This will save the picture to your desktop then you can upload it to Instructables.
  • To take a screenshot in Ubuntu go to Applications>Accessories>Take screenshot. If this doesn't work blame Lithium Rain ;-)
PS, I know this is like 28 days late, but I have been busy (I get married on the 7th of Nov!), also doing a joint two month edition means I will be able to check back and dish out patches!


Where's our desktops of December?

Where's our desktops of December, January, February, March and April?

Wow gmjhowe!  You desktops are fantastic!  (Didn't read the description until now >>)

I managed to find a sincere Chi's sweet home on the interwebs, aka, did not create it myself, but I just liked the blueness....


 Here's mine.  I am running GeekTool, iStat Menus, Quicksilver, and Dashboard developer mode.  Extra credit for anyone who can name all the applications in my dock (I would give a patch, but I'm not pro).

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 I can get all the ones I can make out, but the dock icons are pretty small, making it hard.

Thats the one I was trying! 

 Custom-drawn - this has always bothered me.

(If you don't get it, consider: assuming the diagram is totally complete, where does the backwash - water/spit that spills out of your mouth and drains away - go?)

I've known since I was 6_edited-2.png

haha yea I once wondered about that, now i just worry about little kids licking the nozzle

Haha, I laughed at little kids licking the nozzle

 I've learned not to use water fountains like that unless they have electric cooling, otherwise I might as well stick my head under the bathroom sink.


I'd get more water flow out of the bathroom sink anyways.

Wouldn't the water fountain just run out of water if that was the case?  It runs down into the sewer where toilet drains also go.

Haha, of course it does - the concept is just that the backwash is recirculated. For some reason I've always had the sneaking suspicion that some cheapo building owner might do this and just supplement the water level when it gets low. I don't actually believe any of that, of course.

With statistics that show just how many germs (etc.) are on those things, it would be easy to assume this ;-)   I, personally do not use them (unless I have a cup and can use the OTHER tube that is sometimes present)

That is awesome :D
Haha I used to think that the water coming out of the sinks was the unused water from the toilet or something.

Thanks! :D

Haha, I used to think the same thing about shower water. XD

I finally got around to changing my wallpaper.

It's not my own creation - it's from the BrikWars website.

november screen shot.JPG

Game maker? I didn't know you used that...Don't tell me you are a member of the game maker community... O_o

Not me, I don't really "do" computer games.

Kitewife teaches it.

I'd have to learn it first...

I generally one of those switch-it-on-and-it-works kind of computer users.

I nearly became one of the first code-monkeys, back in the early 80s, but an uncooperative head teacher kept me off the course.  I got left behind very quickly after that.

Ah I see. (though C++ is very similar to GML , the programming language in Gamemaker)

I set mine to a flash object. (a moving wave)
Also, Here is the .swf I made, if anyone is interested in the source just ask.(it is set to my aspect ratio)
And of course, screenshot. :D


(i would boot into 7 and take a screenshot of it, but i'm tired :P )

Here is my Arduino wallpaper that I created. It uses the arduino IDE logo set into a socket... Arduino Powered!


 Heres some wallpapers if anyone is interested! Ask me and I'll pm the full size thing.

I love these:


Could I get a download of your cardboard desktop? I can't find anything like it online.

You might like mine, I took the photos!

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Although it should say something like "Warning: Contained cat may be alive or dead"

Oooo, a play on Schrödinger's Cat :-)   nice

I've wondered about all those candy packets I've gotten featuring Schrödinger's peanuts...
Please don't take that the wrong way...

It was a play on Shroder (sp)  the piano playing member of the Peanuts gang, I know :-) 

I did not see that pun coming!

Hmmm?    You are the one that made it, or so I thought.......featuring Schrödinger's peanuts..

I was trying to remind everyone of any candy wrapper that warns "May contain peanuts"

Including the cataleptic bag of peanuts themselves...

8 years ago

slightly modified desktop i use in windows


8 years ago

 nothing too exciting 


I went on a trip to Yosemite National Park this summer, and crafted this panoramic view of the dome using GIMP.
Then I got excited about an upcoming Tiesto concert and photoshopped him in, as if he were glorying at the wonders of nature the way I had that day.

Yosemite Desktop.JPGYosemite Tiesto Desktop.JPG