- The time in various cities around the world (updated every minute)
- The current temperature and weather conditions (updated every 30 minutes) in those cities
- Pretty pictures courtesy of NASA showing the day time and night time views of Earth.
- The South Pole turns out to be a useful status area.
The next step is to change the daytime image to a per-month image so that the correct foliage and snow cover is shown for the time of year. If you want to do this yourself then you need to get xplanet and my wrapper script which updates the GNOME background.
Here's the Perl script that gets run when I log into GNOME and keeps the background updated.