eDEX-UI is a terminal emulator made to look and feel like the Tron aesthetic, and it hits the mark dead-on. The consensus around the web seems to be that it's as beautiful as it is useless, but I've been using it non-stop since I came across it and I have to argue that it's pretty handy as well as preeminently beautiful.

[OC] A little project that I've been working on... inspired by one of the greatest posts of this sub from r/unixporn

It's not exactly... Efficient with its presentation of useful information, and while the resource cost of running it is vastly exaggerated, the stability cost is not. But we like because and we love despite, and I think I'm falling in love with this interface. It is by no means the destination, but is a long stride along the unnamed journey I've been on for years. What started as a fascination with the Task Manager and customizing a homepage led to always-on-top command prompts and status displays like Conky and Rainmeter, and now takes me to this latest entrant.

As far as practical utility, it provides a series of command prompts, your Public IP, a CPU usage summary, system temperature readout, a GUI representation of your current shell's working directory, and the undoubtedly most helpful feature is the current time and date. As a less practical but surprisingly functional feature, we also have a rotating globe with actual, real, animated links your computer is a part of:

Some part of Electron (which I freely admit my unfamiliarity with) seems to be able to access the system's network connections and the globe plots links with the corresponding GeoIP coordinates (see lines 154 and on of the locationGlobe.class). The satellites appear to be chosen at random (line 106), which a total missed opportunity to show something like a satellite map or ISS tracker. Perhaps that'll be my first real contribution to an open source project.

For right now, just having the time of day on my unused monitor while I play fullscreen games is plenty useful, and in the future I can easily see myself integrating tools like home automation and notification monitoring to the dashboard. And when the age of the touchscreen desktop comes round (perhaps more accurately, when I come around to it) that onscreen keyboard will be right there waiting.