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December 03, 2004

My new favorite thing: The Sun

So, a couple of weeks ago, I downloaded Konfabulator. It's a system that allows you to place all kinds of tools and widgets on your computer, and access those tools without having to launch applications.

There seem to be any number of practical uses, none of which interests me. What I've gotten the most out of is "Sun." As the description says, "Simulates the motion of the sun across your desktop." That's all it does. And I love it.

Here's a screenshot:
I've muted the bulk of my screen to better highlight the Sun, and I drew a red line that shows its course over a day.

I keep the sun permanently above everything else, but with a lot of transparency so I can see through it to my other stuff. I love having this bit of the "real world" impose itself over my electronic domain. This is the kind of thing that would probably give French critical theorists a field day.

Posted by peterme at December 3, 2004 04:09 PM


Don't you find it irritating that it takes up around 20 megs of ram, plus another 5-10 megs per applet?

Posted by: Adam Fields at December 3, 2004 09:01 PM

"Don't you find it irritating that it takes up around 20 megs of ram, plus another 5-10 megs per applet?"

Yeah don't you find it irritating that beauty has a price?

Way to ruin his waxing poetic about the sun and an application he enjoys.


For crying in the sink.

Posted by: Pat at December 6, 2004 01:39 PM

Most people try to keep the sun and it's glare away from their screens, this man actually loves it... Strange world =]

Konfabulator is kinda cool, but yes, it can be a resource hog.

Posted by: dille at December 6, 2004 02:48 PM

Very cool. Does it adjust for your latitude?

A few years ago I was moved to a cube in a hallway with no windows. I got so obsessed with not seeing the sunlight that I built this thing. (works in IE) Since it was built for my latitude, the sun hits the horizon at the same moment the cursor hits the sunset line.

Posted by: David Erwin at December 7, 2004 10:35 AM

How do you draw the red line? Is it possible to do the same on Windows?

Posted by: chb at December 8, 2004 07:59 AM

Posted by: yasmin at March 30, 2006 10:39 PM