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What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 8:28 am
by hello world :-)
Hi everyone. I'll do the main post first, then my submission.
MAIN POST: This topic is for showing people how you've customised, and what you've done, with your Pi (software-wise and physically), and getting inspiration from other people's ideas. Just upload some screenshots - and/or photos - showing the results of your software and/or physical activities (I use Imgur), along with an optional description and/or how-to. Questions and on-topic chat are welcome. Have fun! Here's my submission to start things off.

MY SUBMISSION: (Scroll to the bottom for physical setup.) Some time ago, I saw a thread somewhere on this forum, asking "What does your desktop look like" (screenshots of how you've customised your Pi (not only the actual desktop)), and wanted to take a look at it again because I was getting a bit tired of the same old default LXDE... day... after day... after day, and wanted to get some inspiration. :|
So after trawling through Google and the forum for about half a hour, trying to find the thread, I gave up. I went browsing (in Dillo :mrgreen: ), and somehow stumbled across a Windows 10 transformation pack (http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/ ... ent=171327). Now, I'm not a huge fan of Windows, but I do like the way it looks. So after installing the different parts of the pack (I got the "Light" edition source, since the installers aren't ARM. I got the icons and mouse pointer separately from the devs at http://b00merang.weebly.com, since they aren't included in the pack), and making the bottom panel (taskbar ;) ) slightly transparent and a bit larger (190 opacity, 28px high if you're the kind who likes to know these things), I went to the Downloads section on the Windows website and got myself a lovely wallpaper (Desert Plant). Somehow that particular wallpaper looks better on my monitor when on the "tiled" setting (the res. of the wallpaper is higher than my monitor so that way it only shows the upper left corner of the wallpaper). Here, this has gone on long enough. Have some Screenshots instead.
(If you can only see part of the screenshots (Prosilver has its faults :) ), "right click>view image" or "open image in new tab" should help.)
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You may have noticed the window title bars are still Pix. this is because for some reason the Windows 10 Light title bars have pure white frames on my Pi, which can make things very confusing, so after trying it I switched back to Pix (the closest there is to it).

As for my physical setup, I don't know why anyone would be interested, but anyway, it's a Pi 1 B+ (PiBow case) running Raspbian Jessie, coupled with an Advent M312 wireless mouse, a HP PR1101U keyboard, a Power Pax KSAS0120500180HK 1.8A power supply bought off Amazon, a pre-imaged NOOBS 8GB SD card from around 2014 (also Amazon), an Edimax EW-7811Un USB Wi-Fi Dongle, a Kinivo BT-400 USB Bluetooth dongle, and finally an old Dell Genesis E153FP monitor (darker splodge near the middle, two lighter splodges near the top right corner :( ) hooked up via a CLiPtec(R) OCD801 HDMI to VGA Adapter (needed to turn overscan off).
EDIT: got a Samsung SyncMaster 913N monitor off a friend. For someone who's only ever worked with 1024x768 and 1366x768, 1280x1024 is absolutely amazing (cue angels singing). THERE'S SO MUCH SPACE! And the monitor doesn't have any light or dark areas... 8-)

Re: What does your Desktop look like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:21 am
by Heater
Generally you can't see my desk top for all the stuff piled on it. Soldering iron stand, power supplies, PCBs, miles of cables and bits of wire, assorted components, sandwiches.

Oh, you mean what's on the screen, which also clutters my desk top. Meh, who cares?

Re: What does your Desktop look like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 12:28 pm
by Rive

Re: What does your Desktop look like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 5:45 pm
by hello world :-)
Heater wrote:Generally you can't see my desk top for all the stuff piled on it. Soldering iron stand, power supplies, PCBs, miles of cables and bits of wire, assorted components, sandwiches.

Oh, you mean what's on the screen, which also clutters my desk top. Meh, who cares?
Look, if you aren't interested, you don't need to tell everyone, you can just click "Next topic". Also, I did say posts about your physical setup are welcome too! (Yes, I edited it. I saw people were interested in posting about their physical setup too.)

That said, nice desk. What kind of sandwiches?

Re: What does your Desktop look like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 6:09 pm
by MarkHaysHarris777
Well, today my desktop looks like this (working at the university library); I'm using my Rasppi7 'highly customized' Raspberry PI as a nameserver, wifi bridge router, and local firewall from the university system. I have a serial ttl console setup to my HP (which also doubles as the desktop for the RPi via VNC (although I don't have it running right now). My HP Pavilion g series is running Mint gnu+linux.
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university library desktop setting
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As far as desktop (GUI) RPi customizations I have very few (I've added apps, of course) but I'm not much of a desktop gui user... mostly text processing, programming, symbol processing, &c.

edit: PS I've been trying to catch my server with the red LED stobe lit (it is in the pic above) and its hard because it only strobes for 130ms every couple of seconds so its mostly off... in this pic I didn't care and I caught it lit! ha :lol:

Re: What does your Desktop look like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 6:31 pm
by hello world :-)
Rive wrote:raspbian jessie 8 on linux 4.4.10

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Wow, nice. I would really like a good hi-res monitor (1024x768 is just too low for me, I need my HD, man!). I'm assuming you either a. have a Pi 3B, b. have your Pi overclocked, or c. just have a fan and heatsink on your Pi for some reason? Your desk is so tidy... (envious)

Re: What does your Desktop look like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 6:44 pm
by hello world :-)
MarkHaysHarris777 wrote:Well, today my desktop looks like this (working at the university library); I'm using my Rasppi7 'highly customized' Raspberry PI as a nameserver, wifi bridge router, and local firewall from the university system. I have a serial ttl console setup to my HP (which also doubles as the desktop for the RPi via VNC (although I don't have it running right now). My HP Pavilion g series is running Mint gnu+linux.
desktopLibrary.jpg
As far as desktop (GUI) RPi customizations I have very few (I've added apps, of course) but I'm not much of a desktop gui user... mostly text processing, programming, symbol processing, &c.

edit: PS I've been trying to catch my server with the red LED stobe lit (it is in the pic above) and its hard because it only strobes for 130ms every couple of seconds so its mostly off... in this pic I didn't care and I caught it lit! ha :lol:
Hmmm. Interesting. I saw a post on the Raspberry Pi blog (https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/minecr ... -over-vnc/) about a VNC viewer (or server, didn't pay much attention) that can show the whole Raspberry Pi video output, not just X (or something along those lines). You can play Minecraft through it, and AFAIK Minecraft itself is not part of X. Also, I commend you on your tidiness (compared to me). Hope you have some fun with that link!

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:04 pm
by Dis93
Today's desk(top)
I'm reduced to one monitor atm, spare is downstairs for Netflix etc and my mrs is using my 2nd as she is playing Black Desert Online all the time and needs another for working.

Left to right Zero, 3b, monitor showing 3b desktop and Zero via VNC, HP Touchpad running Cyanogen, a few externals, shitty work WiNokia phone, work Mac playing Trailer Park Boys on Netflix, AMD-Nvidia Win10 box under the table.
I really should get Synergy to reduce the keyboards/mice.

:P
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Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:12 pm
by Heater
hello world :-)
Look, if you aren't interested,...
But I am interested. Never know when there is some new gem to be discovered.

It's just that I seem to spend more time messing with reality than computer GUI themes and such. Call me old fashioned.

Sandwiches today were perhaps kind of dull. Boiled egg, with chilli sauce. I love it though.

Never did like posts that begin with "Look" in some kind of authoritative, aggressive way.

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:19 pm
by Dis93
messing with reality
That piqued my interest.

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:37 pm
by Heater
Dis93,
That piqued my interest.
Cool.

I recommend investing in a soldering iron. There is nothing like the searing pain of reaching out and grabbing the wrong end of one to get yourself in touch with reality.

Then get a bunch of electronic components and an oscilloscope. There is much to experiment with and discover there.

Also makes a nice mess of ones desk top :)

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 9:55 pm
by EimGhey
Man I wish I could spend the money you guys have on this thing.. I just getting stuff from Walmart and Ebay often with money from my family...


I hate being poor! :cry:

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:09 pm
by MarkHaysHarris777
EimGhey wrote: I hate being poor! :cry:
That's the first rule of economics ...

... hate being poor (enough) that you get a job!

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 11:24 pm
by EimGhey
MarkHaysHarris777 wrote:
EimGhey wrote: I hate being poor! :cry:
That's the first rule of economics ...

... hate being poor (enough) that you get a job!
I am right now trying to get two jobs... One as Public Speaker for the Yes Institute and the second as a cook at a LGBT+ homeless shelter.. But it is hard...

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 5:24 am
by rpdom
MarkHaysHarris777 wrote:
EimGhey wrote: I hate being poor! :cry:
That's the first rule of economics ...

... hate being poor (enough) that you get a job!
It's not always that easy.

I've been out of work for nearly ten years (due to various circumstances), but now have landed a decent DevOps job.

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 7:38 am
by hello world :-)
EimGhey wrote:Man I wish I could spend the money you guys have on this thing.. I just getting stuff from Walmart and Ebay often with money from my family...


I hate being poor! :cry:
I remember exactly how much I (ie. family) spent on my Pi setup: £74. I got it for Christmas 2014 (don't worry everyone, I did want it ;) (a lot)), and got everything off Amazon. If you read the bit at the end of my original post in this topic you'll see what my setup is like. There's a reason I mostly do software stuff: I can't afford the physical stuff (and I'm just not that interested :? ). To date, I have spent exactly £0.00 extra on my Pi.

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 7:52 am
by hello world :-)
Heater wrote:hello world :-)
Look, if you aren't interested,...
Never did like posts that begin with "Look" in some kind of authoritative, aggressive way.
It wasn't meant like that.

Also the reason I started tweaking the GUI was because the default was making me depressed (literally). Ever changed your desktop background and wondered why your mood changed? I think you need to change it again.

please don't kill me

mods, please don't lock this thread. this was just one-off sarcasm.

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 8:15 am
by hello world :-)
Dis93 wrote:Today's desk(top)
I'm reduced to one monitor atm, spare is downstairs for Netflix etc and my mrs is using my 2nd as she is playing Black Desert Online all the time and needs another for working.

Left to right Zero, 3b, monitor showing 3b desktop and Zero via VNC, HP Touchpad running Cyanogen, a few externals, shitty work WiNokia phone, work Mac playing Trailer Park Boys on Netflix, AMD-Nvidia Win10 box under the table.
I really should get Synergy to reduce the keyboards/mice.

:P
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So much stuff... I want the monitors.

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 8:30 am
by Heater
hello world :-)
...the reason I started tweaking the GUI was because the default was making me depressed (literally). Ever changed your desktop background and wondered why your mood changed? I think you need to change it again.
Interesting.

My mood definitely goes down hill if I ever have to use the Gnome desktop or that horrible thing they have on Ubuntu. Or even Ubuntu at all for that matter.

That's why all my PCs run Debian and use KDE.

Now you got me wondering how well KDE runs on a Pi 3. KDE is a bit heavy weight so I always just assumed it's not even worth trying it on a Pi.

Time for an experiment...

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 9:01 am
by hello world :-)
Heater wrote:hello world :-)
...the reason I started tweaking the GUI was because the default was making me depressed (literally). Ever changed your desktop background and wondered why your mood changed? I think you need to change it again.
Interesting.

My mood definitely goes down hill if I ever have to use the Gnome desktop or that horrible thing they have on Ubuntu. Or even Ubuntu at all for that matter.

That's why all my PCs run Debian and use KDE.

Now you got me wondering how well KDE runs on a Pi 3. KDE is a bit heavy weight so I always just assumed it's not even worth trying it on a Pi.

Time for an experiment...
IMO Unity (Ubuntu default DE) itself isn't that bad, but that they decided to make everything an earthy orange colour... Bleugh. :x
LXDE default is the worst I've seen though. Even the new Made-For-The-Pi LXDE can't fix it.

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 11:55 am
by Koeshi
hello world :-) wrote: LXDE default is the worst I've seen though. Even the new Made-For-The-Pi LXDE can't fix it.
LXDE on the Pi isn't that bad... compared to how it is in Lubuntu, that is horrid. I'll try and get a pic to show when I get home, and maybe even one from years back to show that while my desk is bad, it could be worse :D

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 12:00 pm
by hello world :-)
Koeshi wrote:
hello world :-) wrote: LXDE default is the worst I've seen though. Even the new Made-For-The-Pi LXDE can't fix it.
LXDE on the Pi isn't that bad... compared to how it is in Lubuntu, that is horrid. I'll try and get a pic to show when I get home, and maybe even one from years back to show that while my desk is bad, it could be worse :D
The redesigned Pi-customised one isn't. The vanilla LXDE, however...
EDIT: Just realized Lubuntu doesn't use the vanilla LXDE theme :oops: - however, I still agree with you.

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:57 pm
by EimGhey
rpdom wrote:
MarkHaysHarris777 wrote:
EimGhey wrote: I hate being poor! :cry:
That's the first rule of economics ...

... hate being poor (enough) that you get a job!
It's not always that easy.

I've been out of work for nearly ten years (due to various circumstances), but now have landed a decent DevOps job.
I actually do have a job but it is training job... I am payed but not much... :oops:

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 5:21 pm
by blaablaaguy
Drilled a hole in my case and put a power off button in their. I broke it tho. No im using xbindkeys to call "poweroff" when i press one of those normally useless media keys. That window 10 theme looks good, default desktop is boring :?

Re: What is your software (& physical) setup like?

Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 6:38 pm
by Mandrewpi
My setup is very messy. I have pi's just sitting on my bookshelf/computer stand(built it myself), I have one monitor, for all of my pi's and a desktop computer, in the bookshelf/computer stand. Then on the right side of the book/computer stand I have a stool (built it too) where I put my laptop. Then from the bookshelf/computer stand do a 180° turn in the swivel chair. Here I have a desk (did not build) with a sff dell Optiplex 755 and a 24" monitor. Then I have all of my other electronics, tools, and other things all over the top of my desk.