Being a Mac can often mean being unfairly grouped into a trendy group of would-be artists who spend all day hanging out at coffee shops. While yes, many of us here at LockerGnome spend more than our fair share of time at coffee shops, we are die-hard geeks at our core. Being tech savvy doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to give up your preferred operating system and/or hardware. In the spirit of all the tutorials out there on pimping your this or that, here are five ways to geek your Mac.
GeekTool is an app made for OS X that allows you to run scripts and display a multitude of different information directly on your desktop. In a sense, it provides some of the live monitoring functionality your typical IT network administrator loves to boast about using on Linux. GeekTool takes some level of technical knowhow to figure out, but it certainly adds a great deal of functionality to an otherwise boring desktop. System monitoring tools, RSS feeds, and server status updates can all be delivered through scripts entered into GeekTool.
You may have heard about the college student who desperately needed help purchasing a MacBook Pro and software she needed for class. She came up with this great idea to allow people to sponsor the laptop in exchange for their logo appearing somewhere on the lid, laser engraved. This gimmick worked so well that she received more than enough donations to get her laptop and all the required software. The engraving process looked pretty cool, and certainly gave her some geek cred as she showed up to class donning a laptop complete with a multitude of different tech brands on the cover.
You don’t have to get a tech brand engraved in your laptop for this kind of upgrade to work. You could easily exchange a company logo for your Twitter handle or YouTube channel name. This is a great way to market your projects while making your MacBook stand out from the crowd.
Get a Case
You probably have a case on your phone, but what about your MacBook? There are a ton of different companies out there that make excellent cases and skins for the MacBook, and many of them can create a very interesting look for your Mac. Take for example the GelaSkins line of protective skins. While they may not be the customized look you’re going for, they can certainly jazz up your MacBook with very little effort required.
Rotating Desktop Wallpaper
For some, giving your laptop a more personal appeal means moving past the included desktop wallpaper options and going for something uniquely your own. Did you know that you can designate a specific folder to hold all of your wallpaper images, and assign them to rotate on a given interval? This is a great way to keep things changing and moving throughout the day, and just imagine how your coworkers will react to looking over your shoulder and seeing some new interesting image they can’t take their eyes off of. Keep in mind, though, that LOLCats can be used for both good and evil.
Choose an Interesting Bag
Sometimes, the bag you carry your gear around in can say more about you than its contents. It’s the first thing people see as you walk in, and the last thing they see as you leave. There are some interesting laptop bags out there that work well to help you express yourself without having to make any changes to your electronics. One example of this is the Bag of Holding from ThinkGeek. Representing the 20-sided-dice community in style while protecting your MacBook can be a fun way to take your gear from point A to point B, even if it is just to the coffee shop.