A minimalist, and long time Gentoo user, my favorite environment is Fluxbox /w Conky. Now since I’m Windows bound these days, I decided to look for a replacement to Conky. I found Rainmeter.
Finding all the available set-based themes available in Rainmeter’s repository to be utterly ghastly, I decided to make my own. Behold, Simply Circles:
I feel like this offsets the Windows 8.x experience of making me feel like a 10 year old.
There is still more to come, but if this interests you, you can have it too.
- Rainmeter: http://rainmeter.net/
- CoreTemp: http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/
- My skins: https://github.com/flacnut/scripts/windows/rainmeter/simple/simple.zip
- Calendar Skin: http://customize.org/rainmeter/skins/65672303
- Install Rainmeter
- Install CoreTemp & set it to run on startup. It minimizes to the system tray, no biggie.
- Disable the windows clock in system tray.
- Download and run the calendar skin. Rainmeter will install and display it.
- Extract the zip folder to “C:\Users\<you>\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins”
- Open Rainmeter from the system tray, refresh-all, and then load all the skins (only 1 skin can be loaded per folder, so choose the right CPU).
- Everything will now be clustered up the top right hand corner of your desktop. Click on the widgets and drag them where you want them. You will find the circle-skins will click together to line up right.
- For RAM, right click on circle and hit “Edit Skin” and you’ll see some config open in notepad. Update the line that looks like this Text=”Memory#CRLF#%1b / 32.0 Gb” with the amount of RAM you have. Save the file, and refresh the skin to see the updates.
Clicking anywhere on the network charts re-zeros the total up/downloaded counters. The CPU widget shows the top-running process for CPU usage. If you don’t see the CPU name or Temp, it means CoreTemp isn’t running.
I’m looking to add more later, this is an on-going geekification of my PC. Feedback is welcome!