Mechanical

Still here ...

Birmingham was absolutely fantastic. I haven't posted since then because I've been so busy, but I have to say there's more to the UK than just London! Birmingham is the largest city in the UK outside of London and the late night drunken stumbles along the canals were both stupid and fun. I'll write more about it later.

In the meantime, here's the desktop software I'm running on my computer at work. Windows and Mac users, eat your hearts out!

My god! I'm jealous. How many terabytes of memory do you need for something like that?
It's called Compiz. It runs on top of an X windows manager called Xgl. It works with KDE and Gnome (I'm running the latter) but other than that, I'm not sure.
there's more to the UK than just London!

I wish others realised that, it really pissed me off! glad you had a good time
Gosh...

Another GUI infected with the Windowitis Functionalitis Distractus...

At the moment I don't even have a background image on my iBook. Having it change the colour at random every now and then is enough for me.

BTW: Does the computer have any free CPU-cycles left over to any real work?
Actually, my computer runs just fine with this. Believe it or not, while there's lots and lots of eye-candy, it's also helpful, too. There are a lot of utilities which simply make managing your desktop easier.
I liked the movie wrapping about the cube, but aside from that, the other other feature I really wanted that I saw there is a part of my Mac. Expose is really quite handy. :D

That's pretty nifty, though. I think I'll be sticking with Tiger, as it has enough of the functional eye candy to be useful for me. I never got into the multiple desktop thing, and with Expose, it's not been an issue. I can just tile everything and see it all at once anyways. :D

But yeah, quite neat. :)
Impressive demonstration of XGL, there. What distribution are you running?
Ubuntu. Works really well, but I can't get the skydome to work (that's the background image when the desktop cube rotates). I've signed up for the mailing list and hopefully they'll be able to help.
Aww, too bad. That's a nice touch. Is the background just a haunting flat tone without that feature working? Or perhaps a black void?
I adore Compiz. I run it on my 1.6GHz laptop, although it makes me wish I had an ATI or nVidia graphics chip instead of the Intel 855 stuff. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble with it right now—QuinnStorm's latest packages give me interesting combinations of red and green polygons instead of showing me the actual windows. Hopefully fixed versions will go up soon...
hi, i'm back. shall we have a drink sometime - you will tell me how u setteled down.
Yay! That sounds great. I'll be out of town for the next few days for a conference, but I'll call you when I get back.
This seems to remind be of BeOS for some reason.. Can it actually play movies or see xterm updates (scrolling, etc) as well when spinning around and such? Or does it just grab a static screen-shot and then rotate it on the cube?
No static screen shots. You can drag a movie across a corner of the cube, rotate it and it still plays even when draped over the corner. When you hit 'alt-tab', a little "finder" app like Mac OS X pops up in the middle and you can still watch the applications running. Everything is really happening, not just 'grab a picture and hold it'. It's quite mind blowing.
I've got multiple desktops on my mac, with some funky transition effects available (eg, the rotating cube — although I can't "play with" the cube the way you do), but I turned them off, because they just get in the way when it comes to actually using the desktops :-/
Daaaaaamn! That looks like a hell of a lot of fun! And you get to use that at work? Congrats, sounds like you live in a totally cool new place AND have a totally cool job. =D
Glad to hear you enjoyed Birmingham, and I can't wait to hear more about the time you spent there. I'm considering applying to the Birmingham School of Jewellery for my Masters!
If you do ever make it out there, let me know. It would be great to hang out with you and your husband and again.
Looks like some companies are finally trying to catch up to 1980's cyberpunk ideas.

I'd be interested to know if there's actually any increased productivity through all the eye-candy, though.
Rule Britainia!

Did you know Def Leppard is from Birmingham?