General Chat Thread, A geek need! in General; OK, this is really geeky, but does anyone know of a little 'utility' that leaves a small window open on ...
18th May 2010, 01:36 PM #1
A geek need!
OK, this is really geeky, but does anyone know of a little 'utility' that leaves a small window open on the desktop which is 'number crunching', a la CSI stylee?
It is purely for show, doesn't have to have any useful function at all, but just needs to look as if it's doing something! Nice graphs, scrolling text and 'geeky' activity would be good.
18th May 2010, 01:37 PM #2
lol I'd love that aswell, makes you look busy
18th May 2010, 01:46 PM #3
I've looked for something like this before, never found anything though. Have thought about creating something myself but never gotten around to it.....
18th May 2010, 01:50 PM #4
Having a command prompt window open that is pinging an ip address on repeat usually looks ok. I don't know about anything "flashier"
"Burn In Test" Might work though, does calculations on RAM/CPU etc with nice little graphics.
18th May 2010, 01:54 PM #5
Problem with that is that once the cmd window is filled with the same text it doesn't look like it is scrolling anymore, so the effect only lasts a few seconds....
Originally Posted by Fatmas
(can you tell I've used that before? LOL)
18th May 2010, 01:55 PM #6
Might slow your PC down too... it is a burn in test after all!
Originally Posted by Fatmas
The Gnome System Monitor looks reasonably geeky but obviously only runs in Linux
18th May 2010, 01:58 PM #7
You could set up burn in test to run at a lower percentage. Although if you're making it look like you're doing work you may not be using your system's resources anyway
18th May 2010, 02:03 PM #8
I wrote an HTML page that looks like a Command window and spews out random error messages at random intervals a few years ago, I could dig that up and bung it into an .HTA, I guess...
We set it as a screensaver (fullscreen) on our HoDs desktop once... My and my boss found reasons to be in his classroom when we knew it would trigger; "Oh, I just need to check this printer..." It took him a moment to notice it projecting on his whiteboard, but when he did, he thought his machine was well fuxored. Me and my boss couldn't stop giggling.
Luckily he saw the funny side!
18th May 2010, 02:05 PM #9
Folding@home used to be quiet good or there was the alien search one (can't remember it's name), kicks in a screensaver and looks very CSI - they usually have the option to run in a window rather than as a screensaver. And you can actually contribute to some genuine scientific research at the same time
18th May 2010, 02:07 PM #10
Hmm but what if you ran it from a batch file? I think you can get a loop going if you use the call command so the batch file calls itself, eg. if the file is called fruityloop.bat then...
Originally Posted by Pete10141748
18th May 2010, 02:15 PM #11
If you're running Windows Vista/7 the built-in Resource Monitor looks pretty cool when left on full screen (in addition to being quite useful to keep track on CPU/Disk/network activity).
edit: Just to add I've never seen CSI so aplogies is this isnt what you're after!
18th May 2010, 02:15 PM #12
If it's just a scrolling stream of numbers you're after, how about this in a .bat?
ping -n 2 127.0.0.1 >NUL
Change the -n value of the invisible ping to adjust the speed of the number crunching
18th May 2010, 02:20 PM #13
not really what I was after. Looking for something that is displaying constantly updating pie charts/graphs, scrolling text etc. It really is for nothing but show, so it won't matter too much if it uses resources, but it must run continuously, looping if needed, be very 'technical' in appearance and constantly active.
Originally Posted by Batman
Last edited by theeldergeek; 18th May 2010 at 02:28 PM.
18th May 2010, 02:25 PM #14
That's the sort of thing, but it needs a bit of "Hollywood" adding to it, a la CSI
Originally Posted by flyinghaggis
18th May 2010, 02:30 PM #15
Not used it in a while but the Boinc project used to be able to do something like that - see BOINC
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