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The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

The Edge of the World Desktop

The Edge of the World Desktop

This OS X desktop is simple, elegant, and combines a few simple widgets with a gorgeous wallpaper to great effect. If you like what you see, here’s how you can set it up, customize your own menubar, and give your Mac the same look.

This desktop comes to us from DN Carr, who submitted it to our Desktop Show and Tell Pool over at Flickr. To make it your own, you’ll need to use GeekTool, which we have a great getting started guide for here.

http://lifehacker.com/5834676/build-…

Once you have it installed and have a handle on the basics, here’s what you’ll need:

All in all, there’s a lot of tweaking and customization going on here to make it just the way DN Carr likes it, but the effect is minimal and good looking. As always, you can take or leave the components you like for your own system—maybe you don’t need the time and date on the desktop, but you do like the icon pack and the customized dock, for example. Either way, hit the link below to see more about how he made it, and to let him know how much you like his work.

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

The Edge of the World | Flickr

Back to the Mac? Modernizing Apple’s aging computer lineup

Enlarge / A late 2008 MacBook Pro with El Capitan, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD upgrade feels a whole lot more modern than it should. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

I took a vacation last month. I traveled some. I read a lot. And I refurbished an old late 2008 MacBook Pro, one of the original aluminum unibody models. I completely took it apart, dusted it out, put it back together, and stuck in a memory and SSD upgrade. This is the kind of thing I do to unwind.

There are lots of differences between this thing and a new MacBook of any stripe. They’re smaller and they’re thinner and they’re faster and they have better screens, better performance, better batteries. But once you’ve put in a few more modern parts and plunked a fresh install of El Capitan onto the SSD, it feels a whole lot like a modern Mac. Using a Windows laptop from 2008 to run Windows 10 is totally possible, but the screens, trackpads, and general build quality of a laptop from the last year or two will feel way better.

Upgrading and using an old-ish Mac for a bit drives home a point I’ve been trying to articulate for a while—Apple’s Mac lineup simply doesn’t feel ahead of the curve in the ways that it used to. Starting especially with those late 2008 Macs, Apple started some trends (big, multitouch trackpads; chiclet keyboards; aluminum unibody designs) and properly identified others before the rest of the industry could jump on them (SSDs, the death of the optical drive, high-resolution “Retina” displays). Apple led with the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pros, and the PC industry largely followed.

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The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

The Simple Sidebar Desktop

This chill, cityside beach desktop was submitted to our desktop show and tell pool by reader Yuki, and even though it’s not elaborate, it still looks great. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Yuki is using Rainmeter on Windows to get this effect, so if you’re not familiar with it, you can check out our Rainmeter getting started guide here.

http://lifehacker.com/5828789/how-to…

From there, here are the components you’ll need to get the same look for your computer:

  • The wallpaper
  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the calendar and left sidebar
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the Gmail add-on
  • The Drizzle skin for Rainmeter for the time and date effects

That’s all there is to this one. Not a ton of moving parts, but a pretty solid effect, especially if you’re the type who misses the sidebar from earlier versions of Windows and want to get something like it back on your desktops. If you like the look of this, head to the Flickr link below and let Yuki know that you love the desktop—and that we sent you along!

Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!

Desktop with Rainmeter | Flickr