Reader thdoan submitted this highly customized second screen using Rainmeter to our Flickr desktop show and tell pool. Best of all there’s even a video showing you how it all works. If you like the look, here’s what you’ll need to make your own.
In this case, thdoan uses this setup as a second screen that provides a lot of visual information at a glance, while the primary display is used for, work, play, or other usual purposes. Here’s a still shot:
Since this is all built with Rainmeter, you’ll definitely need to know the ins and outs of that before you get started. We have a guide here that can help.
Once you have a feel for the basics, here’s what you’ll need.
That’s about it. The TRON Legacy skin does a lot of the heavy lifting here, so if you get nothing else, get that. Additionally, thdoan says over at Flickr:
This is my new Rainmeter desktop for the second screen. It’s not too fancy, but it’s functional, and that was my goal – something that is practical and relatively distraction free. It has all the information I care about readily available at a quick glance. All my most used shortcuts are also a click away, as well as my scratchpad, trusty Winamp player (the controls only show on hover), and volume control. As a bonus, I also get to enjoy the spectrum analyzer bars dance when the music comes on _.
A number of the skins are tweaked too, so if you have questions about how they work, make sure to head over to the Flickr link below and ask your questions. While you’re there, sing your praises too and let thdoan know we sent you!
Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!
TRON Desktop | Flickr