Geek Tool: Getting StartedShare
If you like to have lots of information at your fingertips this could be the tool for you. Geek Tool can take the output of Terminal commands and the content of log files and display them on your Desktop. Images too, like a file on your computer or an image linked by url.
The possibilties are nearly endless. You might find you prefer Geek Tool to certain Widgets. And even if you don’t, it’s nice to have a choice. Geek Tool can display information about disk space, wireless networks, IP addresses, songs playing in iTunes, output from webcams – the list goes on and on.
There’s an always-on-top function that brings your Geek Tool output way up front. Even your application windows will slide under the text. Murphy did a screencast about mounting your Widgets to the Desktop instead of in their floating layer – but some people didn’t like this because the Widgets could be covered up with a web browser window or an icon. Those people might find a solution in Geek Tool.
You can group different Geek Tool items together and make the groups active from the menubar. This is a checkbox in the interface. If the menubar doesn’t work for you check out Menu Extra Enabler. Geek Tool installs as a pane in your System Preferences.
In the screencast Murphy creates Desktop items for reporting free disk space, the date, and a tiny calendar. Let’s not judge the content choices, we’re here to learn! In fact, Lifehacker has a calendar that marks off the current date. But again, Murphy wants you to know what the commands you enter mean.
Once you’ve gotten comfortable with Geek Tool you might want some inspiration for your new capabilities. Nick Young has gathered a bunch of cool examples, take a look.
The screencast only deals with Geek Tool in a shell command sense. We’ll look at other stuff soon. If you’ve got some great ideas for Geek Tool be sure to let us know in the comments.Watch Now | Permalink