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