The Taipei Desktop

The Taipei Desktop

Flickr user D Woo loves his home city of Taipei, and from this angle, it’s hard for us not to love it too. He also wanted a way to blend in a little useful information with his desktop, so he fired up GeekTool to embed the time, date and weather on the desktop.

If you’d like the same look on your Mac’s desktop, here’s what you’ll need:

D Woo didn’t mention which font he was using in the background there, but he did say it was his first time working with GeekTool, and the results look pretty good. It reminds me of the Offshore Desktop, only on the Mac. He also mentioned he did photoshop the image a little bit to create the rays of light coming up from the horizon, so don’t be alarmed if the wallpaper photo differs a bit from his setup. Still, it looks great, and it’s an excellent example of what you can do with GeekTool, even as a beginner.

If you’re a Windows or Linux user, you should be able to get the same effect with Rainmeter or Conky (respectively) to some degree and recreate the scene in your OS of choice.

Desktop – Taipei 101 [Flickr]


  • An interesting titbit for Australian readers – right next door to Taipei 101, the big building in the photo, is a Greater Union cinema complex. From the angle of the photo, I think it is either right in front of or just behind the former world’s tallest building.

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