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My Steampunk Desktop - 1440 x 900 pixels
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Published: March 1, 2013
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This is my steampunk desktop (current). It shows just some of the steampunk widgets (that I was responsible for designing and programming) in operation. The operating system shown above is Windows XP Professional 32bit though you wouldn't think it to look at it. Although this screenshot is Windows, almost all of these widgets would also operate under Mac OS/X as well. The widgets are tested under Windows XP Pro, Vista Home, Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) and Mac OS/X 10. They will also work under windows 8.

I create my own desktops with Yahoo, Rainmeter & Xwidget widgets, a steampunk wallpaper and Rocketdock as the launcher with a selection of my own icons. I don't think you can get much more steampunk than that - In fact, I challenge you to provide a more steampunk interface than mine - it must work mind, a background image is a fine thing to look at but a steampunk desktop needs to be a working thing.

All the widgets shown here are desktop widgets using the old and dependable Yahoo Widget engine known previously by the steampunkish name of Konfabulator. You simply download the widget engine FIRST and install it. Then your widget downloads will simply download and install automatically.

The links below are the link to the widgets on DA followed by direct links to the widget so you can just download... The widgets shown in the screenshot are as follows:
(Do a right click on these and open each in a new tab)

1. The Steampunk Clock Calendar yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar… (new version 2.6 now available)
2. The New Steampunk Resource Monitor yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
3. The Steampunk CPU/GPU Thermometer yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
4. The Steampunk wall clock yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
5. The Steampunk Orrery, Clock and Calendar yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
(This one is also an Xwidget - yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
(This one is also a Rainmeter skin - yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
6. The Steampunk Weather Gauge yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
7. The Steampunk Multi-site Monitor (link coming)

Direct links to the widgets - just click and download

1. The Steampunk Clock Calendar www.deviantart.com/download/27…
2. The New Steampunk Resource Monitor www.deviantart.com/download/35…
3. The Steampunk CPU/GPU Thermometer www.deviantart.com/download/27…
4. The Steampunk wall clock www.deviantart.com/download/32…
5. The Steampunk Orrery, Clock and Calendar www.deviantart.com/download/28…
(This one is also an Xwidget - www.deviantart.com/download/35…
(This one is also a Rainmeter skin - www.deviantart.com/download/35…
6. The Steampunk Weather Gauge www.deviantart.com/download/28…
7. The Steampunk Multi-site Monitor (link coming)

8. The wallpaper is here: yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
9. The Steampunk Icons are here: rocketdock.com/user/107284/add…

All the above are internal deviantart links, just click on them and they'll download the widget directly.
The following two are external links, first to the Rocketdock site and then a direct link for the Yahoo widget engine. It is the original link direct from a Yahoo server.

10. Rocketdock is here: rocketdock.com/download
11. The full Yahoo widget engine is here: desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2…

All of these widgets and icons are downloadable from Deviantart and if you choose to do so will make your desktop a steampunk visual feast. Not only a visual feast either as most are full of sounds, levers, bells and crank handles, all these little features actually work. I'm working on the resource monitor now as well as polishing off the other widgets. When done I am preparing to convert them to Xwidgets and perhaps to Rainmeter skins. We shall see how I get on with this plan. I have already partially converted the Orerry widget to these alternate engines with some help from good friends, Harry Whitfield and Mordasius.

Some people have said they need instructions for the widgets, they are here:

1. instructions-for-the-steampunk-resource-monitor lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…
2. instructions-for-the-steampunk-cpu-gpu-thermometers lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…
3. instructions-for-the-steampunk-clock-calendar lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…
4. instructions-for-the-steampunk-weather-gauge lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…

That's all I have for the moment.

Resource usage - My system is a 2007 Acer 7720G with a 2.2ghz core2duo. It has 3gb of available memory and 1.0tb of fast hybrid hard disc. It is man enough to run all these widgets with little noticeable effect on the system. When this screenshot was taken I was also running Photoshop, Firefox, Thunderbird, skype, WinSCP and Lotus Organiser. Despite what anyone might say the widgets have very little impact on resources and as they all have a real function I am willing to accept a slight degradation in performance for what they offer.

Steampunk is my 'thing' and I love creating these widgets. If you fancy providing me with any ideas for widgets then please do make suggestions, or better still commission me! I'll add links to these widgets to allow you to go direct rather than hunt around.

Please feel free to respond to my challenge if you have a more steampunk desktop that will trounce mine then tell me about it and submit a picture of it so we may all judge...


You may use any of my images in your own creations but commercially only with my permission. In all cases I require a credit to the original artist using my name or pseudonym and a link to my own site.
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biocap's avatar
biocap|Professional Interface Designer
This is amazing!
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
That was an OLD desktop - it eventually morphed into this:
www.deviantart.com/yereverluvi…
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steyn700's avatar
Can you make one for notes? I'm working on a steampunk project for a book a friend of mine is co-writing with me and I'd like to have a theme for it on my computer :)
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
What do you mean - for notes? Lotus Notes? Is that software you are referring to?
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brickelle|Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing! :)
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
That is a very old desktop - try this one for size! yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
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wolfgrrlone| Interface Designer
These are GORGEOUS! Thank you so much for sharing!
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
and that's a very old desktop it has improved a lot since then.
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ronschaefer|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marvelous! great designs and artistry. 
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
Thankyou!
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Mattannat's avatar
Hi, I already left a question on another site, but, silly me, I forgot where I put it!
Anyway, I'll repeat.
My teenage son and I are currently rebuilding an old Hobby 750 camper. And, as an ancient historical fiction writer I occasionally visit archaeological sites around Europe, so it makes perfect sense to me to make it look like a kind of time machine! We especially love the photographic quality of your stuff, but firstly, would you be agreeable to us downloading it for this purpose, and, would it blow up to sensible sizes without losing too much definition? Say, the size of a dinner plate?
Awaiting your reply,
Matt and Nathan
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
Of course - as I answered earlier, you have my permission. I'll want to see the finished item of course!
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Rahuto's avatar
awsome ^^
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks
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HuangLanFei|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
thank you!
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BarbaraEBj's avatar
When do you think you might have a rainmeter skin for the steampunk calendar/clock which has functioning moon and earth/planets?  They don't work right now.
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
They don't... well, rainmeter does not animate easily and that is why lot of functionality is missing. The other engines are designed around javascript specifically and have more in the way of animation. One of the reasons why I haven't ported more to rainmeter. The other is that all functions need to be rewritten for rainmeter being a different base language type.

Look in truth, it does not matter if you want to run another engine alongside rainmeter. I have run YWE and Xwidgets together on the same machine. You may know that all programs need a runtime in order to operate. The runtime is often bundled with the program so you aren't aware of it. It just makes each program larger. In the case of windows you need .NET to run most modern programs (150mb)

The yahoo widget engine is one such runtime but it is small. You can load it, run it and hide the dock so it does not interfere with rainmeter and still have the full function orrery on your desktop. Planets moving the lot.
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
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rgeb529|Hobbyist Photographer
I love it, just love it. Thank you so much.
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks, you can recreate it with all my free widgets, icons and backgrounds.
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TempestaArtica|Hobbyist General Artist
WONDERFUL!!!!!!+fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav +fav Heart 
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I plan on helping my father out just a bit with is computer, Its having some issues but when I think its ready for it I'm going to be using most of these thing to punk his computer out. He's into the steampunk almost as much as I am. So I'm sure he's going to love it.
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