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Re: APOD Wallpaper

Post by soupphysics » Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:10 pm

I wish these programs would have an option, where they just quit right after changing the wallpaper.

There is no reason for them to be constantly running. If it's just added to the windows startup, it can just update the wallpaper, when the computer is started, and then quit.

Unless your computer is on 24 hours a day, that would be best.

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Re: APOD Wallpaper

Post by geckzilla » Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:33 pm

Heh, I leave my computer on 24/7. It seems to be better for the components. It even produces a nominal amount of heat in my room during the cold months. :wink: The monitor turns off when I'm not using it and that saves energy. It would be rather presumptive of the programmer to assume that everyone turns their computers off each day, don't you think?
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Re: APOD Wallpaper

Post by soupphysics » Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:54 pm

What I am suggesting is the option to quit right after changing the wallpaper. The programmer don't need to make any assumptions for that.

Most people do turn their computers off daily.

(and it's no better or worse for your hardware to be on 24/7. It's made to handle it either way)

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Re: APOD Wallpaper

Post by canuck100 » Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:37 pm

soupphysics wrote:What I am suggesting is the option to quit right after changing the wallpaper. The programmer don't need to make any assumptions for that.

Most people do turn their computers off daily.

(and it's no better or worse for your hardware to be on 24/7. It's made to handle it either way)
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Re: APOD Wallpaper

Post by jerbil » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:35 am

I have tell that I, totally accidentally, once triggered a button on my machine, Windows XP, and have always since got the APOD wallpaper, updated at about 6 a.m. (Universal Time) every single day. I do not intend to change the setting. When one shuts off one's machine (or not) makes no difference.

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APOD automatic backgrounder program

Post by lshamir » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:32 pm

Some users of APOD automatic backgrounder program have encountered difficulties installing the software on Windows 7. The problem is that APOD backgrounder currently runs on 32 bit systems, and does not support 64 bit operating systems such as Windows 7. We hope to provide a 64 bit version of the backgrounder in the near future.

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Favorite APOD

Post by jumpjack » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:21 am

Do you know any script/program/whatelse able to automatically change my wallpaper everyday to current APOD? It would be really interesting to find a new APOD on my office PC every time I turn it on! :D

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Re: Favorite APOD

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Re: Favorite APOD

Post by jumpjack » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:51 pm

cool, thanks.
anyone which is also able to show the image description...? :oops:

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Re: Favorite APOD

Post by jumpjack » Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:00 pm

jumpjack wrote:cool, thanks.
anyone which is also able to show the image description...? :oops:
never mind, I figured out which keywords to use for search and found this:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/apod.html

Properly resizes the image, and activates active desktop to display description with active hyperlinks!

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Re: Favorite APOD

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Re: APOD Wallpaper

Post by geckzilla » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:01 am

I don't think "Active Desktop" even works if one is using Vista or newer. It was discontinued after XP.
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APOD Background / screen saver

Post by Super Dave » Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:57 pm

I thought there was a link to make APOD your background / screen saver each day. Does that still exist.

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Re: APOD Background / screen saver

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Re: APOD Background / screen saver

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Re: New! APOD software

Post by sirald66 » Mon May 07, 2012 3:57 am

UBUNTU 9.10
GNOME 2.28.1

I would like APOD to feature a desktop background image downloader for Linux.

There are several scripts out there, but APOD should vet them out and recommend a solid one.

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Re: New! APOD software

Post by owlice » Mon May 07, 2012 4:00 am

The editors do not have time to vet software for users. I'm sure there are many people who would like such a script; perhaps you could talk about your favorite(s) and let others know where to find them? That would be very helpful.
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Re: New! APOD software

Post by sirald66 » Mon May 07, 2012 4:51 pm

The editors know lots of people, they could assign this to someone they trust to figure out which Linux script or software can do this. The scripts (unless packaged) are above the understanding and safety for a novice to use.

APOD has been available through the Windows background changer for a very long time, but it would be nice if Linux users could finally benefit too.

Seeing a daily APOD on your desktop is an awesome experience.

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Re: New! APOD software

Post by owlice » Mon May 07, 2012 6:07 pm

So you'd like to volunteer for this? Thanks!
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Re: New! APOD software

Post by rstevenson » Mon May 07, 2012 8:05 pm

sirald66 wrote:I would like APOD to feature a desktop background image downloader for Linux.
http://www.scibuff.com/2009/05/14/downl ... ch-script/

Sorry. Ignore this. It's a Windows script which happens to have the word Linux in it a couple of times, so it popped to the top in a Google search. :shock: But that search found lots of other Linux scripts.

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Re: New! APOD software

Post by ekaim » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:12 pm

I've downloaded the new APOD software (http://sites.google.com/site/apodwallpaper/) for automatic updates under Windows 7 (64-bit) using Firefox. It would be wonderful if the image actually updated daily, as it's done once only. When I try to do an update "manually" on the Settings screen, the status bar says the update could not be done because the image type is not supported. Image types supported are jpg, gif, and png. I know that my PC supports at least jpg. Also, this message is obviously off the mark, because my screen does display an APOD image -- it just doesn't automatically update, as it's supposed to do. Can anybody suggest what might be amiss here? TIA.

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Re: New! APOD software

Post by geckzilla » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:14 pm

That page directs your questions or comments to an email address:
Send comments or suggestions to: astropod.wallpaper@gmail.com
Did you try that?
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Re: New! APOD software

Post by ekaim » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:04 pm

I'll try that now. Have found 100s of sites and forum boards on this topic, but couldn't determine where to post this query. Thanks for this suggestion.

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Re: New! APOD software

Post by jjgomera » Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:24 pm

rstevenson wrote:
sirald66 wrote:I would like APOD to feature a desktop background image downloader for Linux.
http://www.scibuff.com/2009/05/14/downl ... ch-script/

Sorry. Ignore this. It's a Windows script which happens to have the word Linux in it a couple of times, so it popped to the top in a Google search. :shock: But that search found lots of other Linux scripts.

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Hi,

I use a script several years ago to update my walpaper, Need feh and i use it in debian with openbox as window manager, work in any wm and xfce and lxde without problem, in kde and gnome maybe has problem with their wallpaper manager, i dont know.

old explanation in spanish, sorry: http://linexiando.blogspot.com.es/2007/ ... onoma.html

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#!/bin/bash
imagen=`GET http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ | grep '<a href="image/' | sed 's/<a href="/http:\/\/antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov\/apod\//' | sed 's/">//' | head -n1 |cut -d'"' -f1`
feh --bg-scale $imagen
I run the script at pc start, could be added to cron if the pc is 24/7 hour running.

Sometime ago i use too a conky instance to show the APOD explanation

.conkyrc

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#!/usr/bin/conky -c

own_window yes
own_window_type normal
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
own_window_title conkyapod
double_buffer yes
use_xft yes
xftalpha 0.9
xftfont Sans-Serif:size=9:pixelsize=11
maximum_width 800	
minimum_size 200
update_interval 100
draw_outline yes
short_units
alignment tl
gap_x 375
gap_y 25
alignment bottom_right
text_buffer_size 1024

TEXT
${font Anklepants:regular:size=11}${color #5da5d3} APOD$font
${voffset -7}${color #ffd700}${hr 1}$color
${color #aaaaaa}${exec GET http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ | sed -e :a -e 's/<[^>]*>//g;/</N;//ba' | sed '/^$/d' | sed -n '/Explanation/,/digg_url/p' | sed '$d' | tr '\n' ' '  |fold -s70}
${voffset -5}${color #ffd700}${hr 1}
Image

Some others examples with my desktop look evolution jeje
Image Image Image

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APOD WALLPAPER

Post by fizzy » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:46 pm

Martin,
Unfortunately, we don't have anyone to write the new code for that. If you post your concern to APOD's discussion board the Asterisk, though, there is some (small) chance that someone may step forward to volunteer.
Regards,
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On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 4:55 AM, Martin Whillock <nitram82@whillock.me.uk> wrote:

Hi Robert. APOD wallpaper for PCs has stopped working again, could it be rebuilt ? I am using Windows 8.1 Best wishes. Martin Whillock in England.