One of the many neat new features of Windows 7 are themes. If you’ve installed Win7 to try it out you should right click on the desktop and select “Personalize” and check out some of the options (if you’ve not got the Release Candidate to try out you should grab it from here).
I’ve been using the excellent theme pack from my old boss Mike Swanson and it gets quite a few comments from people who stop by my office or see me running it in coffee shops.
Today I was reading Hugh’s post on Cube Grenades and it got me thinking. I already have his art on my business cards and an original print that will be hung in my office as soon as I can get it there and it got me thinking…
I already have the gapingvoid widget on my blog and it provides an endless stream of conversation pieces so I wondered if I would be able to combine the idea of themes and social objects (and share it in the cube grenade spirit).
A quick search found Long Zheng’s post on RSS powered desktop slideshows and from there it was just a matter of finding the RSS feed for Hugh’s widget and so for you to enjoy I present my Gapingvoid Cube Grenade theme for Windows 7 – just download it, unzip and double-click on the theme file (the “clean one features less adult language) to install it. You should see your desktop background go black and after a few moments it’ll start downloading images for the slideshow (set to rotate randomly every 30 minutes). If you click on Personalize on the desktop you can adjust the timing and change it from “fill” to “tile” or other layout options.
Enjoy, and please share and create your own themes with your favorite content :)
(Update: the download now contains two theme options, the default and a “clean” one that only features cartoons with less adult language)