What does your desktop look like?

By Phantasm66 ยท 870 replies
Feb 10, 2002
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  1. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    No problem, I don't blame you, I think way back when I first got here, I think I thought the same thing when I saw the title area. I probably was getting all ready to take a picture of everything, desk, chair, desktop computer, keyboard, mouse, monitor, the works. Until probably I opened this area up and saw it was pretty much for how your active desktop on your monitor screen looked. So again, I'll give you an example, that way forever more will you know!

    My current desktop, the active one on my 44 inch television, which by the way I'm using as a computer monitor via HDMI...


    This is what we are gunning for, that type of a shot! So let's fire up the old print screen as see what yours looks like!
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Mine is a little different these days:

    Screenshot from 2012-08-02 10:36:17.

    Linux Mint "Maya" _x64 with Cinnamon.

    Been pretty busy lately so not had much chance to sort the desktop background out properly, or adapt a theme to my needs. That's a work in progress for now. Will hopefully resolve all of that this weekend.

    Will hopefully be doing a couple of upgrades to it shortly as I've moved over to Linux for work usage, with a view to having a separate PC purely for gaming. As part of the upgrades I'll be purchasing a new SSD for Linux, and re-organising my current disk arrangement (6 physical disks currently!). I'd like to move /home over to one of my larger 1/2TB disks, as currently its just a ~55GB partition and I'm going to retire my current "Virtualbox" disk for a higher-capacity Hitachi GST model.

    As always, things are a work in progress, but I'll share my changes as I go along.
  3. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    LOL I get it, even if no-one else does!! :D
    (perhaps not taking it seriously enough bud!)
  4. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Well, the terminology is to blame. Wouldn't blame Zoltan. Actually, I thought the same thing before opening the thread.

    On-topic: My current desktop is pretty much a WIP, and...it's a prototype...for HeliumOS...so I'd rather not pull off the covers just yet!

    Stay tuned! ;)
  5. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 322   +65

    This is nothing compared to the spectacular works of art previously posted on this thread.

    But anyways...

    This is a cropped and re-sized version of a photograph which I had as my desktop background for nearly a year.

    I took the photo while staying in a dive resort in Thailand. This is obviously not the swimming beach. I had taken a long hike with a couple of friends -- toting coolers, two bottles of Jack Daniels' and a few beers -- and we came upon a nice little picnic area nearby.

    For some reason, I never get drunk when I'm near the ocean -- no matter how much I drink. By the time I took this photo, three of my friends had already passed out.

    Some of the beaches there were so beautiful -- the sand immaculately white and the water a clear crystal blue -- they looked like they were photoshoped.

    Picture 054 - Copy.
  6. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    It's a kind of beauty only an ocean-lover will understand...
    I'm one! :)

    It's very beautiful. :)
    I like the sky and rocks most.
  7. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    Feels like forever since I've submitted any kind of a desktop customization! But being pretty busy with life and anticipated things, it can keep one from having a lot of time to "bling bling" up ones system. This is my current setup, the desktop I'm using now. It based off of one of my favorite TV shows and that being the remake of Battlestar Galactica. I own all 4 seasons, plus the 2 hour TV movies Razor, The Plan and the Pilot!

    Well here it is...


    Nice and simple, I like it! :)
  8. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    I think I might have been premature in posting that Battlestar Galatica shot, for that customization I guess was coming to the end of it's life span, it was like 2-3 weeks old. Today it appears was the dawn of a new customization! Little bit more darker, a little more scaled back, a little more well blended and a lot more sexy!

    This is what I just cooked up....


    I scaled back the Rainmeter Configs here, I gave them a 20% transparency all the while pulling back the intensity of the RocketDock, I scaled that back by I think 25%. All the while through Adobe Photoshop 7.0 adding hues and blend elements to both the beautiful lady and the black leather sofa, blended out the edges, while doing color refinement! This was fun, I hadn't incorporated Adobe Photoshop into one of my customization in quite some time, felt good to back to actual customizing, rather than relying upon already in place tools.

  9. xcylent

    xcylent TS Booster Posts: 231   +17

    I've been playing a fair amount of skyrim recently, and I took this random screenshot whilst wandering through the mountains.
    the Skyrim world is absolutely massive.

  10. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Hola, fellas!
    Long time no see! Been busy...
    Just found a good wallpaper...as the release date draws closer...November 6th... \m/ Capture.JPG
  11. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    Well some may know by reading various areas of the forums that I am up here in Washington State handling some serious family matters. While here, I have been totally blowing my little cousins minds with computer stuff. See, most of the contingent of my Washington based family are a bit behind the signs of the times. My Uncle, god bless him, he considers a serious communications device to be his outdated old 1970's C.B. radio! When I show him my smart phone he just looks at it like it's from another planet. But anyways, getting back to at least one of my cousins, I'm here blowing his mind. I'm rather proud of him, recently with used parts he built himself his very first computer. It's a bit old fashioned in comparison to today's marvels, like maybe 5-6 years old, pertaining to most of the dates on the parts. His family only had a spare copy of Windows XP (32bit) for him to load and use. He wanted more, of course, like most his age do. So using his computer I remote activated my in home server at home, and remotely downloaded a Enterprise copy of Windows Vista Ultimate (64bit) I have on file. So he's all set, he just think he's like a new penny, shinny, pretty, eye catching, ect. I had to go out to a local computer store and bought him 6 Gig's of new RAM, for the 2 Gig's he had just wasn't cutting it. After his whole system was installed, dialed in, tuned and some extras installed, I then went into the wonderful world of Windows customizations with the kid. This kid is popping about all of this more so than a kernel of pop corn!

    Well, anyways, after maybe like 25 to 30 minutes, I created him a new Windows look, so here is what the kid's got.....


    I gave him Rainmeter, Cursor-FX and Rocket Dock and just did a usual color change through Windows to match up the taskbar with the color of the tools and wallpaper used.

    Well, if anything I think I might have needed this distraction and a slight escape for the horror of my current "real world"! But I think it's safe to say that I've now got a fan for life!
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  12. xcylent

    xcylent TS Booster Posts: 231   +17

    you sir, are a brilliant cousin.
    I hope you and your family are ok :)
  13. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    This thread was started in 2002. It's like a chronicler of the ages for desktops. For the images that survived that is.
  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  15. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Heads' up, fellas! :cool:

    better splash with progress bar.

    The boot-splash for the OS. Also serves as the default wallpaper.
  16. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Welcome back Acid!
  17. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    My, I can't believe I was away that long! Haven't posted in ages! :D
    Anyhow, here goes mine:

    de layout.

    For those curious: It's not Windows, no.
    It's Linux.
    And my own distro at that. :cool:
    This is the default layout till I come up with something better.

    Cheers! ;)
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  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Looks like a good place to hit a nice 9 iron from :)
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,553

    Either that, or a good place to walk the dog.....:eek: Do you have to bring a baggie when you boot that baby up?

    OK, here's the disclaimer. "I wanted desperately to not say those things, but the demons of my poor to non-existent impulse control, beat the crap out of the angels of my better nature".:oops:
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  20. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I just save time and bring a bag of crap with me cuz I don't have a dog.

    Don't feel bad, my daemons win out most of the time as well....I blame it on tourette syndrome...!#%@&**#!....pardon
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  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,553

    Then there's always the chore of, "mowing the lawn", (euphemistically speaking).

    Is it considered "bad taste" to mow your computer's lawn, or does it just "taste bad"....?

    You know that some religious extremists believe that it wasn't an apple Eve let Adam munch on. After all, Steve Jobs hadn't been born yet.

    This is all going to be in my forthcoming treatise on sexual innuendo through the ages. For now, the working title is, "Faster than you can say Lickety-Split", WTF does that even mean"?:confused:
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  22. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I think a proper lickety-split can be seen on page 146 of the Joy of Sex
  23. thomaspoul

    thomaspoul Banned

    The well managed, virus free, simple and attractive wallpaper.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,553

    No silly, those aren't "viruses" dancing on your desktop, those are Youtube videos that have, "gone viral"....;)
  25. thomaspoul

    thomaspoul Banned

    Ya that's my mean actually.

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