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Twist's Desktop 2_17_2007 by twistedtechnolog Twist's Desktop 2_17_2007 by twistedtechnolog
A few nights ago I started working on this silly idea I had to use a web page as my wallpaper. Not just a web page but a custom designed one that could show extra information in anyway I wanted. What you see here is still a work in progress.

First off on the left near the center is gamertag info from Xbox.com. I grab the code they provide and bitch slap it into the form I want using PHP. Shown is mine and Major Nelson's (just used him for testing purposes).

In the center at the very bottom we have a simple uptime and load averages display. Again I used PHP to get this done.

On the right at the bottom we have a javascript clock (it is ticking away in real time on my desktop) and a simple calendar. The clock is all javascript while the calendar is once again done with PHP.

The desktop is a customized version of Cyrix Wall by danillooc. The icons are from here. The theme is the Aluminum Alloy Smog variant.

So far that is all I have coded up but I am planning on adding an iTunes current track display module, a javascript based load meter (if I can figure out a way to do it that is), something to display the status of my friends in iChat (again if I can figure out a way to do it), I might add a status display to the gamercard part as well, and who knows what else.

As I have mentioned PHP and javascript play a part of this as well as a bit of XHTML and some CSS. Also in a staring roll is WebDesktop by Steven Frank. I checked out every application I could find that let you do this and WebDesktop seemed like the best even though it doesn't feature a full screen mode (I used my second display so that I could drag the WebDesktop window below the Dock). As far as polish and stability goes it is the best I have seen. And lastly this wouldn't be possible without Apache (or some other web server of course). Being able to access a local server instead of remote one is pretty much a must have for this kind of thing IMHO. I love having Apache installed by default on Mac OS X.

Guess in the end it isn't much different that Windows Active Desktop but it sure is a lot better looking IMHO.
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DreamStatic Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Show off!! ;p Just kidding! Looking good. Keep it going.
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