The Split Personality Desktop

The Split Personality Desktop

Reader Noah wanted a desktop that helped him quickly get to work and quickly get his game on when work is done, so he put this desktop together with work on one side, play on the other, and lots of shortcuts at the bottom. Here’s how he set it up.

If you couldn’t tell, Noah’s desktop also just happens to be a Mac, but that doesn’t stop him from getting his game on when he wants to unwind a bit. All of the shortcuts on the right are his favourite games, and all of the shortcuts on the left are apps he uses for work (or to do a little procrastinating). The dock is packed with apps he commonly uses as well. If you want the same feel for your Mac, here’s how to get it:

  • The wallpaper from DeviantArt
  • The GeekTool system monitor and configuration utility for OS X
  • These sidebar geeklets to create the shadowed effect on the two sides of the display
  • The Flurry icon set to replace the defauly system icons and for the large desktop shortcuts
  • The Menu Eclipse utility to dim the menubar

There are a few other terminal tricks and tweaks he used to space out the dock and to add the sidebars to each side using Geektool, but you can head over to his Kinja blog to read more about it and to ask any questions you might have about how he put it all together.

Clean Gaming/Work Desktop [Noah Robertson]

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