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Steampunk Cogs, Tubes and Gauges by Mordasius Steampunk Cogs, Tubes and Gauges by Mordasius
This collection of rainmeter skins uses tubes, gauges and tooltips to display information. Most of the skins have twirling cogs or other gizmos to add a little movement to your desktop but none of them use much in the way of CPU or RAM resources. You will need the latest beta version of Rainmeter to run these skins. Get it from

The skins in this version are:

- Analog clock (left-click to change the clock face or left-click on the tube to change the colour of all tubes in all skins of the collection) - watch for the steam emission every minute.
- System info with a gauge showing overall CPU usage, individual bars for up to 8 cores and smaller gauges for RAM and SWAP memory usage.
- Network activity showing upload and download speeds along with the ping return time and wifi signal strength.
- Volume control - use the mouse scroll wheel to adjust the system volume.
- Gauges for used space on 1-4 hard drives (gratuitous pendulum thinga-me-bob for one or two disks).
- Weather skin with analog gauges for temperature, barometric pressure and wind direction. Click the forecast icon for a 72-hour forecast from the Weather Channel.
- uTorrent tracker using Lua script adapted from LuaTorrent 3.1 by JS Morley
- RSS/Atom feedreader built around Kaelri's Reader.lua script . Feed items are sorted by date/time and anything less than an hour old is bulleted. The neat little selector animation uses Kaelri's Universal Transitions script .
- The Music Player uses Poiru's NowPlaying plugin and works with a variety of media players (e.g. Windows Media Player, AIMP, Foobar2000, iTunes, MediaMonkey, MusicBee, Media Player, Classic, WinAmp, Spotify, TTplayer, VLC, Zune, etc.).
- Skin Launcher for the FeedReader, Weather, Network, Music Player and uTorrent skins.

NOTE: Click the settings icon in the two-o'clock position on the Skin Launcher to open the file where the weather code and other user settings are stored.

The collection is intended for use on widescreen resolutions and the rmskin includes a 1920x1080 version of the wallpaper shown. If you don't fancy the black/gold background to the skins you can change to a transparent background in the file.

If you have any suggestions or questions concerning the skins, you'll get a quicker response if you contact me on the Rainmeter forums .

UPDATE 18th January 2013 - Fixed an error in the uTorrent skin that prevented it working properly on some machines.
UPDATE 20th January 2013 - Added a skin variant to show CPU usage on up to 8 cores.
UPDATE 27th January 2013 - Added circular variants for the volume control and skin launcher skins.
UPDATE 8th March 2014 - Fixed another problem getting the night time forecast from
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Given 2013-01-13
"this guy pushed the limits of the rainmeter skins as far as amount of details and transitions goes." Cogs, Tubes 'n' Gauges by ~Mordasius ( Suggested by 4nt1p0p and Featured by neiio )
MrN0body Featured By Owner 1 hour ago
Hello there. I don't know if someone is still reading this thread but i have a question relative to the weather skin.

But first let me thank the rainmeter team and of course you Mordasius for this awesome work. It fits perfectly my steampunk stylised office.

My question is about the weather skin : i managed to change the location at will , but i have an issue with the present weather sky icon . It shows up accordingly when i change the location to a new one , but then when the weather .com site updates this icon doesn't show up anymore and when i move the cursor on top of it i've got the present weather informations but begining with a N/A where i should have the sky description.

What's strange is that the forecasted icon is working well.

Am i doing something wrong on the site ( i am not registered on the site) or should i change something in the skin ini file ?

Anyway the rest is perfect. Thanks a lot
Fionwen Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2014
I have a question regarding the MusicPlayer: When I put the settings to "PlayerName=CAD" it doesn't open anything at all. I've got the Plugin and VLC recognises it, so I don't know where I went wrong...
Otherwise, it's really great though!
Mordasius Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
The trick is to copy libcad_plugin.dll to \VLC\plugins\misc, (e.g. C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\plugins\misc) rather than VideoLAN\VLC\plugins\notify as given in the wiki.  This works for me on Windows 7 (64-bit).  Get the latest version of the plugin from ->
Fionwen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
I did :( Deinstalled and reinstalled VLC and the plugin from your link, too, but still not working. I have no idea why...
Cinderful Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Took awhile to get around to it, but damn, this thing is gravy.
NemesisGreatrex Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really really cool... but why is this in "3D-Fetish" Group?  Is this someone's sexual fetish?  Or is it Group-spamming?
Mordasius Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
:blush: Oopps. I hadn't noticed this had slipped into the fetish world.  Probably the result of agreeing to a random request for inclusion in the group. 
Looks a little out of place amongst all those fleshy tones but then maybe someone thought it was an automated set of dungeon equipment. :firelite-photo:
NemesisGreatrex Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I hadn't noticed that there is a "resources" folder in there, and it's a great idea too, my bad!  :hug:
nyankopin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you change the weather location? Could you give instructions please ^_^ 
Mordasius Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Click the settings icon in the two-o'clock position on the Skin Launcher to open CogsTubesGauges\Resources\Configs\ to change the weather location.
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