Put News On Your Desktop With GeekTool [GeekTool]

16 Mar/09

Mac OS X only: Reader Rodolfo Novak posts a useful script to add RSS feeds to your desktop using the GeekTool desktop overlay tool.

Yesterday Rodolfo showed us how to put the current weather conditions on your desktop, and today he’s back with a shell script to parse an RSS feed and display it in plain text. Just like yesterday’s script, this can be used anywhere with access to the Bash shell and common *nix commands, including Cygwin for Windows. The text output can then be added to the desktop using GeekTool for the Mac—but enterprising readers could modify it to work with Conky on Linux or Samurize on Windows.

Using this shell script requires downloading the script, making it executable with the chmod command, and then adding a new Shell entry to GeekTool with the following:

~myname/bin/ -4

The script can be customized easily to use a different RSS feed, and you can make a copy of the script if you want to display multiple feeds.

For a whole lot more on embedding textual information into the desktop, be sure to check out our features on customizing Conky for Linux productivity, monitoring your Mac and more with GeekTool, or embedding text files in your desktop with Samurize for Windows.

sh-rss-feed [Google Code]

(Fonte: Lifehacker)

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