The OS X Alpha Geek Desktop

When reader Andreas wrote in to share his desktop configuration, we were stunned at the level of nerdy information we had just encountered—this is perhaps the geekiest desktop we’ve ever seen.

Andreas started his ultimate desktop project when he fell in love with Expose’s ability to show the desktop by moving your mouse to a corner of the screen—so he set out to use that feature to display every piece of information he could think of using GeekTool to display text files on the desktop.

What makes this desktop so striking isn’t just the lack of a blended wallpaper—Andreas wanted to focus on the information—it’s the graph in the lower right-hand side that tracks his vital statistics, including his blood pressure and weight information. To generate this graph, he created a command line script similar to our founding editor’s Todo.txt utility, but this script accepts daily health information and writes it to a file. The graph is then generated using that data by running it through GNUplot and added to the screen with GeekTool—a great way to keep motivated to stay healthy.

The rest of the desktop includes a calendar, to-do list, date, moonphase, and even economic indicators—everything that a geek might want to see at a glance—and presented in what must be the geekiest desktop we’ve ever seen. For those that are curious about all of the details and reasoning behind this desktop, hit the link to check out the full write-up and a full-size screenshot of the desktop in action.

The OSX Alpha Geek desktop