GeekTool is an application for Mac OS 10.6+. It lets you display various kinds of information on your desktop via 3 default plug-ins:
File plugin to monitor MacOS X activity with /var/log/system.log, or any file that you want to follow. Shell mode to launch custom scripts or commands
like "df" to check space left on filesystems or "uptime" to monitor load on your machine.
Finally, image mode helps you monitor bandwidth usage,
CPU load, memory availability on your server with tools like
If you are looking for useful scripts, there is a great repository here :