GeekTool

Version: 3.0 || Release Date: 2010-03-12 || License: Freeware App Owner: guns

"GeekTool is a PrefPane (System Preferences module) for Panther or Tiger to show system logs, unix commands output, or images (i.e. from the internet) on your desktop (or even in front of all windows)."

The Linux kids have been doing this forever. Widgets are neat, but they don't have the tty non-anti-aliased grittiness of Geektool scripts.

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A very nice idea and I use it to create Dates etc on an aircraft flightdeck!

nightly betas for GeekTool3 are here:

http://projects.tynsoe.org/projects/geektool3

I think every person who has ever used GeekTool really wanted to see it developed. Luckily, the original developer has started GeekTool3. As of now, the alpha builds are lacking some of the features, but it looks to be a rewrite and will incorporate many of the things you see done with things like Conky. Click the link above for the homepage and surf to the forums.

I'd really like to see some continued development. I might even toss a few bucks toward the devs if they get serious.

Messed around with GeekTool for an hour or two. It is pretty esoteric to non-programmers, but it is so worth it. There is enough guidance online that someone who doesn't speak shell or perl can have (if I'm a good example) a todo list than sinks with Toodledo, a fancy clock, local weather etc. I really recommend this; it takes a while to figure out, but is very cool.

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What I use GeekTool for:

  • Swap space: sysctl vm.swapusage | awk '{printf "%d/%d (%d)\n", $7, $4, $10}'
  • Top 4 memory hoggers: top -l1 -o rsize -n4 -U [my username] | awk 'NR==9,NR==12 {printf "%3d %s\n", $8, $2}'
  • Bluetooth status (needs blueutil, http://www.frederikseiffert.de/blueutil/): /usr/local/bin/blueutil status | awk '{print "BT: " $2}'
  • Mounted local drives: df -H -l
  • Load averages: sysctl vm.loadavg | sed s/'^vm.loadavg: '//

So this is like torsmo/conky for OSX? Sweet!

This is to the usability crowd what Konfabulator is (was) to the eye-candy crowd.

Here's what I use it for:
http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8300945231/m/926001299731

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