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Mac: Reader ninjacharlie uses GeekTool to keep his Twitter feed and the song he's listening to embedded in his wallpaper while he works, so he doesn't need another app to keep track of them. Here's how you can do it too.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


It may be covered with applications and windows most of the time, but your Mac's desktop can also be an excellent source of information, including the time and date, available hard drive space, battery status, system performance and more. With GeekTool, you can put all of that information right on your desktop. Here's how you can make your desktop more useful but keep it looking sharp.


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.


Mac OS X only: Reader Rodolfo Novak posts a useful script to add RSS feeds to your desktop using the GeekTool desktop overlay tool. This can be used anywhere with access to the Bash shell and common *nix commands, including Cygwin for Windows. The text output can then be added to the desktop using GeekTool for the Mac—but enterprising readers could modify it to work with Conky on Linux or Samurize on Windows.