Friday Fun: The pinglio Crew’s Desktops and Setups


We’re doing things a little bit different with today’s Friday Fun post by giving you a little preview inside our own desktops and computers. We were considering filming our pets for this post, but we thought you guys would appreciate our desktops a little more. So if you’re looking for a new desktop wallpaper or new apps to try out, we’ve got some good ones inside!

Patrick’s Setup

Desktop wallpaper: Leaves (1920×1200)


I run two 20″ monitors side by side, so finding a nice large background is essential. I took one image and just flipped it horizontally to give it a cleaner effect. As for the info widgets on the desktop, I’m using Rainmeter with various skins that I customized myself.

As for applications, I run the usual suspects like iTunes, Mozilla Firefox and Remote Desktop. My most used app (besides my browsers) would have to be Adobe Fireworks, which I use for editing all the lovely pictures you see here on pinglio ;) Some other apps you’ll see in my dock include Spotify, FileZilla, Seesmic, and PuTTY.

RainMeter Skins

Hardware Specs

  • Sigma Luna WB Chassis
  • 2 ASUS VH202T-P 20-Inch Widescreens
  • Intel D975XBX2KR motherboard
  • 4 GB Patriot RAM
  • Intel E6700 Core 2 Duo
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
  • 2 OCZ Agility 2 60GB SSDs with RAID 5
  • Seagate FreeAgent DeskTM 1.5 TB external hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Marc’s Setup

Desktop wallpaper: Centurion Rage (1024×768)


  • Trillian – An amazing chat and social network app
  • Kindle – Why use an iPad when you have a MacBook Air?
  • ShelfServer – This app goes with Tomes, another reader app.

With OS X Lion, the line between app and program is gone. Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Vuze, and Mozilla Firefox all show up as applications. I also run an emulator called Wine that allows me to run Windows and Linux programs. It’s great because you can make it program specific and not have to run a memory intensive environment like VMware.

Hardware Specs

  • MacBook Air
  • 2GB DDR3-1066
  • 128GB SSD
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M
  • Mac OS X Lion

Eric’s Setup

Desktop wallpaper: Power Button Black (1600×1200)

Rainmeter Skin

  • Gnometerwith
    • Weather
    • 4 rotating RSS feedes
    • Notes
    • Calendar
    • Current Torrents
    • Network Info
    • Local Disk Stats

Hardware Specs

  • HP Pavilion dv4-1444d
  • Intel Pentium Processor T4200
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • 4GB RAM
  • 160 GB hard drive
  • 14.1″ widescreen display

Rick’s Setup

Desktop wallpaper: Sunset in the Windy City (1680×1050)


Since I’m typically relegated to the only stationary workstation (everyone else in my house works from a mobile computing device) I need a stunning, scenic view on my 20′ monitor when confined to such a dreary space. If I don’t use a personal picture I’ve taken with my camera, there’s never a shortage of picturesque desktop wallpaper at InterfaceLIFT. From Apple Devices to Windows Phone 7, they’ll have a screen resolution you can work with.

With blogging, social networking and online shopping being my main uses for this machine, my normal cast of stars include Reeder, Twitter for Mac (although TweetDeck makes frequent cameos), and Photoshop. My “leading actor” would have to be Google Chrome. Not only does it provide me with fast browsing, but Chrome performs its own stunts (so to speak) by providing useful extensions & apps within itself that boost my overall productivity. Some of my favorites include Dropbox, Evernote, Posterous and G+me for Google Plus. Chrome’s best “supporting actor” feature for me would have to be the ability to pin tabs. This way my social media tabs are out of the way where I can focus on my Google Docs screen when drafting an article for pinglio.

Hardware Specs

  • iMac
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2 GB memory
  • 500GB hard drive
  • 20-inch display at 1680 x 1050 resolution
Patrick is the founder and editor-in-chief of pinglio. He works as a system administrator and studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and two dogs.