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Steampunk Theme Windows 10 Desktop
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Published: October 19, 2015
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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 10 64bit though you wouldn't think it to look at it.  The widgets are tested under Windows XP Pro, Vista Home, Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit), Windows 8 and 10. My desktop is 1920 x 1080 pixels, plenty of space but I love it over-crowded.

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 both the old and dependable Yahoo Widget engine known previously by the steampunkish name of Konfabulator and the new, up-and-coming widget engine Xwidget. You simply download the appropriate 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 Yahoo Widget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
2. The New Steampunk Resource Monitor Yahoo Widget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
3. The Steampunk CPU/GPU Thermometer Yahoo Widget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
4. The Steampunk Volume XWidget (link coming)
5. The Steampunk Orrery, Clock and Calendar Yahoo Widget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
(This one is also an Xwidget - yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
(This one is also a Rainmeter skin - yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
6. The Steampunk Weather Gauge Yahoo Widget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
7. The Steampunk Weird Clock Yahoo Widget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
8. The Steampunk Nixie Clock Yahoo Widget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
9. The Steampunk Thermionic Tube Clock Yahoo Widget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
10. The Steampunk Moon Yahoo Widget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
11. The Steampunk UnderWidget yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
12. The Steampunk Signal Yahoo Widget (link coming)
13. The Steampunk Folder Manager Yahoo Widget (link coming)
14. The Steampunk Broken Desktop Yahoo Widget (link coming)
15. The Steampunk Planetary Yahoo Widgets
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and
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16. The Steampunk Clock Gauge Yahoo Widget (link coming)
17. The Penny Red stamp - yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…

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 wallpaper is here: yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…
8. 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 2014 Dell 7720 with a 2.5ghz quad core. It has 16gb of available memory and 225gb of fast SSD. It is man enough to run all these widgets with negligble 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 - less than 1%.

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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jrlauer's avatar
Stupid question.  Can't get any of them to work.  How do they work?
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yereverluvinuncleber's avatar
yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
It is a stupid question but I'll try to answer it!

You download and install, then run an engine, download a widget for the engine and the widget runs.

Honestly it is very easy.
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jrlauer's avatar
Got it, thanks.
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
There are two main widget engines for Windows, the yahoo widget engine and the xwidget engine. My widgets use a mixture of both engines.
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AmyCat-3's avatar
Awesomely cool... I'll have to look around for Mac/iPad equivalents.
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
The widgets worked on Mac Os/C up until very recently but the recent o/s update has broken the widget engine. It may well be fixed yet though.

Unfortunately the complexity of the widgets and their intrinsically intricate design does not lend itself to our human fat fingers on touch screens. Pads are the wrong platform for complex widgets so you won't be able to find anything quite the same for IOS I am afraid. The same look perhaps but not the same functionality. I tried the widgets on Windows touchpads and they have the same limitation, they look good but they are hard to interact with, see my tablet here: yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…

When I get the chance to code for pads next it may well be Android rather than IOS on ipads as Apple make the whole thing rather difficult. Good luck in your search.
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Aspigram|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Link to my Current Desktop below,
Please let me know if I credited you correctly or if you would like something changed. 
aspigram.deviantart.com/art/Cu…
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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SPNaughtylus's avatar
I wish I could use them on my linux machine... :/
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yereverluvinuncleberEdited |Professional Interface Designer
I forgot to say that you can run ONE of my widgets on Linux, the steampunk orrery will run and function on Kubuntu with the KDE environment. It was re-written as a KDE plasmoid (not by me) and does a lot that my Windows widget does and some newer stuff too. It is a lot more slick in the animation as the plasmoid engine has some very slick animation functions. Unfortunately I do not yet have a KDE development/testing environment and starting work there might be a dead-end regarding windows and Mac compatibility. I am considering it though.

Se here:

lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…

See the video at the end.
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SPNaughtylus's avatar
I am yet to be an expert in this domain, and I am almost sure that you already know about it, but what about SpiderMonkey (developer.mozilla.org/en-US/do…) ?

I have read that it is used by the Gnome 3 desktop environment on the Wikipedia page.
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
That is an interesting link, unfortunately there needs to be a desktop rendering system on top of that. Several Mozilla products use SpiderMonkey and someone could write a desktop widget engine using it but no-one has done it just yet.

Please keep searching... "desktop javascript widget engine linux"
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There was a software called Jackfield that enabled linux users to run widgets from Yahoo, Apple, Microsoft Vista Sidebar and Opera, but apparently it's been abandoned.

The Gnome shell is said to be a widget engine but as far as I understand it, those widgets are actually GUI widgets (i.e. text boxes, buttons and stuff for software) and not desktop widgets.

BUT, good news : there are working widget engines for linux out there.

My favourite is gDesklets. It's cross-platform and I've checked : it's available on Debian repositories. Unfortunately the lack of official website makes me think it's no longer under development...

Screenlets is also cross-platform and available on Debian repositories, although I couldn't find any easy way to move the widgets around. I don't like it, but here's the official website :
launchpad.net/screenlets

SuperKaramba is mentioned for KDE but I haven't tested it yet.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SuperKar…

There are also the Goggle Gadgets, but the project is still in development.
code.google.com/p/google-gadge…
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
There was a chap on youtube that managed to get the Yahoo Widget engine working on Wine but he never let on how he did it. 
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
Unfortunately there is no stable and complete javascript desktop runtime engine. Each attempt was abandoned after a period of development. That is the problem with Linux so much ambition, lots of separate development, so little attention and so much abandoned.

If there was a stable and supported javascript engine on Linux I would have ported them years ago. Still would if such an engine with good graphical and animation capabilities existed.
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DJPete1959's avatar
yeah fantastic work
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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LadyoftheApocalypse|Hobbyist General Artist
Good heavens, man! That is an amazing desktop. My laptop would either fall over dead or burst into flames if I put that much on it. It is gorgeous though...well done!
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yereverluvinuncleber|Professional Interface Designer
Well, on my new laptop, a quad core 2.5ghz all that uses only 1% of available CPU and only 130mb of my 8gb memory - running 15 or so widgets.
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LadyoftheApocalypse|Hobbyist General Artist
:faint: 
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