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Hello! - For the Christmas season I have revamped my Christmas Bauble widgets. The first version was a set of 10 individual widgets, each of which showed a different Christmas image. That was it, nothing special.

The next revamped version acts more like an old-style advent calendar. The advent season encompasses the time from the first four Sundays before Christmas up to Christmas Day. Those old-style Advent calendars allow you to open a little door that shows a different Christmas scene every day. My new baubles will allow that too.

Instead of multiple widgets each showing a different bauble there will be just one widget showing multiple baubles that can still be moved around individually on the desktop. Each bauble has a door that can be opened when clicked upon but only when the appropriate date is reached. Each door has a musical surprise contained within. It is really rather Christmassy and very pleasant to use. Each bauble can be individually resized too.

So what do I have to do to complete it? Add ten existing bauble images, find thirteen more appropriate bauble images, create twenty-three glass doors in open and closed states. Find twenty-five musical elements and convert them for use in the widget. Add the resizing code, test and tidy up. Package and distribute. A fair bit!

Need to do it before 30th November which is the first day of Advent.
 

I'm still working on the CPU/GPU Thermometer Widget for Yahoo/Xwidget engines but occasionally an idea comes to mind and if it is worth pursuing then a dalliance is allowed. In this frame of mind I have opened an old icon PSD file that I had earlier created and have organised it so that it can be made into a widget. The idea is that each drawer on the filing cabinet can be hovered over or clicked upon and the drawer will open and inform you which folder each drawer refers to. A double click will open the respective folder. Think of it as a replacement for Explorer, a steampunk version of a file explorer.
 
 
The gauge may display CPU as an aside and the bulbs on the top will glow according to the network adapters that are present in the system, glowing in strength according to the signal each adapter receives. Ethernet adapters being permanently connected will glow brightly whilst wireless adapters may glow dimly. That's it, just a germ of an idea at the moment but I have knocked up the initial widget and it sits on my desktop as I write this.

It will make a useful addition to a steampunk desktop.

Of course it will be both a Yahoo widget and Xwidget but give me a short while as I have a few things to do.

Warning to all users of Avast anti-virus! Remove it and replace it with something else immediately.

I have been a loyal user of Avast anti-virus for a few years now, in fact I have recommended it to many. I am now saying "REMOVE IT".

The latest version of Avast has a feature known as browser tidy up which fundamentally can bu@er up your computer. Whilst doing a few things recently I came across one or two pop ups from Avast requesting permission to clean my browser. I have consistently answered NO. One of these annoying buggers has popped up, taken focus and may have taken one of my keyclicks on another app. as a 'yes' to clean up my browser (I can think of no other reason why it should go ahead) and it has wiped clean ALL the add-ons from firefox, my default browser without stating what it has done and why. All of a sudden Firefox has none of the enhanced functionality that I require (password protection, password generation and editing, noscript, profile switcher, staus4evar,  yslow, view source &c. My Firefox profile has been irretrievably damaged. This will happen to you too if you continue to run Avast.

Avirus

Supposedly the clearing of your Firefox add-ons is an accidental bug that should not occur even when you actually ask it to clear up your browser. Avast are researching why this should happen and under what circumstances. Some have also complained that the bug is causing wholesale deletion of programs within their program files folder. This is extremely worrying.

I cannot wait to find why this occurring so Avast has been removed from ALL my desktops and tablets as of 10 mins ago. This sort of major error is the sort of behaviour that I would expect of a virus and NOT an anti-virus tool. Avast has gone, gone from my PC, gone from my list of trusted applications - GONE!

I have remedied the situation by restoring a copy of my Firefox profile that I took a mere week ago... thank goodness for that. Currently, I am checking my program files folder to see if it has been damaged.  More news soon on a replacement, please make as many recommendations as you like. About to investigate the online addition to clamwin.

You have been warned - delete Avast before it screws up your machine.

P.S. I have now tested and tried Avira (slowed my system to an absolute crawl), AVG (out-of-the-box would not update the virus definitions), Clam Sentinel front-end to Clamwin (slows the system and too intrusive/too many messages). Comodo - laughable - almost stopped the system from responding at all.

Installed Panda free a/virus tool, first thing it did was to disable the network card and then it expected to be able to use the internet to register. Uninstalled it - who creates these tools?.

Bitdefender tried next, initially it seems slimline and OK at first until it decides it can't update itself so it disables its own protection? It was then removed and my next step was to reinstall and try again. It seems to be working well enough to give it a second try.

This is my old Yahoo CPU/GPU Thermometer Widget being updated.

Some new graphics and new functionality including working graph and new use for the gauges. Updating and improving the Yahoo widget now and then will start to convert it to an Xwidget.

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This was the second widget that I created and it was little rushed in parts and as a result I probably didn't think it through enough. It was still a lovely functioning widget though which has sat on my desktop doing its job well. The current version shows up to four sensors and displays a running graph of two of them. When I have the new version rewritten and updated I will have the thing in my head and I'll be confident to translate it to the Xwidget engine.
Steampunk Nixie Tube Clock Yahoo Widget by yereverluvinuncleber
Steampunk Nixie Tube Clock Yahoo Widget
Dieselpunk/Cyberpunk/Steampunk Yahoo thermionic valve nixie tube widget * NEW GRAPHICS  *

That title - what a mouthful! but it is worth saying as it is now fully working! - Latest changes include ability to turn off the sounds and enable the second indicating tubes. It also now resizes. This is a simple widget that displays a continuous time update on your desktop. It is based upon Nixie tubes that were used as status indicators/displays in the 50/60s - 70s. The originals have a character of their own which this widget aims to replicate.

This widget acts as a simple clock upon your desktop and as an extra benefit it is also a moveable bit of eye-candy. It is a fully working widget. Please feel free to download it.

You will, yahoo-widgets-logo.png of course, need Yahoo widgets for this widget to run. Get Yahoo widgets here:
lightquick.co.uk/jdownloads/ya…

and the Mac version here: desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2…

This widget runs in XP/Vista/Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS/X. If you have any problems please post your email queries to our contact page. I will endeavour to answer them as soon as I can.

You may use any of my images in your own creations but commercially only with my permission. In all cases I require a credit to the original artist using my name or pseudonym and a link to my own site.
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Hello! - For the Christmas season I have revamped my Christmas Bauble widgets. The first version was a set of 10 individual widgets, each of which showed a different Christmas image. That was it, nothing special.

The next revamped version acts more like an old-style advent calendar. The advent season encompasses the time from the first four Sundays before Christmas up to Christmas Day. Those old-style Advent calendars allow you to open a little door that shows a different Christmas scene every day. My new baubles will allow that too.

Instead of multiple widgets each showing a different bauble there will be just one widget showing multiple baubles that can still be moved around individually on the desktop. Each bauble has a door that can be opened when clicked upon but only when the appropriate date is reached. Each door has a musical surprise contained within. It is really rather Christmassy and very pleasant to use. Each bauble can be individually resized too.

So what do I have to do to complete it? Add ten existing bauble images, find thirteen more appropriate bauble images, create twenty-three glass doors in open and closed states. Find twenty-five musical elements and convert them for use in the widget. Add the resizing code, test and tidy up. Package and distribute. A fair bit!

Need to do it before 30th November which is the first day of Advent.
 

I'm still working on the CPU/GPU Thermometer Widget for Yahoo/Xwidget engines but occasionally an idea comes to mind and if it is worth pursuing then a dalliance is allowed. In this frame of mind I have opened an old icon PSD file that I had earlier created and have organised it so that it can be made into a widget. The idea is that each drawer on the filing cabinet can be hovered over or clicked upon and the drawer will open and inform you which folder each drawer refers to. A double click will open the respective folder. Think of it as a replacement for Explorer, a steampunk version of a file explorer.
 
 
The gauge may display CPU as an aside and the bulbs on the top will glow according to the network adapters that are present in the system, glowing in strength according to the signal each adapter receives. Ethernet adapters being permanently connected will glow brightly whilst wireless adapters may glow dimly. That's it, just a germ of an idea at the moment but I have knocked up the initial widget and it sits on my desktop as I write this.

It will make a useful addition to a steampunk desktop.

Of course it will be both a Yahoo widget and Xwidget but give me a short while as I have a few things to do.

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Dean Beedell
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My alter ego is yereverluvinunclebert. You'll find me around the web. Where you find steampunk design I won't be far away.

I focus on Steampunk Design, why do I do it?

Well, I can't bear the look and feel of current desktop computing being so locked into a 1980s 'modern' paradigm. Current GUIs deriving mostly from Microsoft's efforts have a basis in the GUIs from the late 80s and early 90s and despite the regular changes they still haven't moved on much. You run XP, Vista, Win 7 or 8? Well, that means under the skin you are still running NT5 or 6, all basically the same o/s. The only real differentiator is the GUI that MS foists upon you. A GUI is a GUI and not the operating system, you should be able to decide which you want to run. A GUI ought to be independent of the o/s or at the very least the o/s should be very easy to theme. This just isn't the case with any Microsoft operating system as the current look is the only thing that really sets it apart.

So, I set out to create a series of widgets and icons for an o/s interface that meets the aims and needs of a small but thoroughly dedicated group of chaps and ladies known as steampunkers.

I have set out my steampunk design skills in this way to demonstrate what I can do.

Whether or not you are a steampunker yourself, with these widgets and icons you can thoroughly steampunk your desktop. If you have a requirement for steampunk or similar retro design then you can contact me for my services.

This is my site where the widgets be...
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:icontheangeldove:
TheAngeldove Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Have-a-Great-WE by KmyGraphic
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yellowbronco Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing work on the steam-punk customization's! 
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:iconyereverluvinuncleber:
Thankyou Mr. Bronco - the gallery is quite extensive, please feel free to sift through it.
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LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Quite an awesome gallery you have here, sir!
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Thankyou - most kind
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LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
:) (Smile) 
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RedLotus4 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
୨୧ᕼᗩᑭᑭY ᗷIᖇTᕼᗞᗩY୨୧
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
tHnk5!
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pendragon1966 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just passing by to wish you a happy birthday!
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
That's very kind indeed and appreciated.
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