The HAL 9000 Desktop
You computer desktop usually has either the standard plain wallpaper, a photo or an image which just sits there behind the icons.
It is possible to make your desktop more dynamic by customizing it. One such way of doing this is by using Rainmeter.
Rainmeter displays customizable skins, like memory and battery power, RSS feeds and weather forecasts, right on your desktop. Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and control your media player – all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking. Rainmeter is at once an application and a toolkit. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
One great example of what can be done with Rainmeter is this HAL 9000 desktop.
The HAL 9000 theme replaces the start orb with HAL’s eye, and it drops that iconic HAL 900 panel right in the center of the desktop. If you poke HAL in the eye on that panel, he’ll talk to you. That’s fun, but the theme’s usefulness comes from the eight panels that surround HAL: Each one can be customized to show an images or Flickr photos, your favorite RSS feed, current weather conditions at your location, your GMail inbox, weather radar images, Wikipedia and Google search tools, local hard drives, system status, and more.