• Opera widget: "Hypnotic Clock"
    More artsy than useful, but it compliments the background nicely. I use a similar looking thing as my screen saver as well...
    Not always present as (sadly) it's quite a resource hog...
  • Rocketdock - "The single greatest piece of software. Ever." At least that's what the authors of it are are saying...
  • Opera widget: Lave Lamp.
    Normally don't have this activated, added mostly to calm the Mac-fans down...
  • Opera widget: "Time & Date"
    I never know which day it is, so this widget set to "always on top" (as the only one)...
    Double clicking it brings up a full blown calendar with reminders etc...
  • Slimmed down start menu, part of the Tiger theme I'm using...

    I seldom actually use the start menu. Most apps are started either via Rocketdock, keyboard shortcuts, opening documents or using the "Run dialog"...
  • Background is from Hamad Darwish' original "Vista Photos" set...
  • Shortcut to a batch file(!) that processes my website logs. Just to have something to remind me of the good old days when MS-DOS 6.22 ruled the world...

    Notice the nicely dimmed shortcut arrow, made possible with TweakUI...
  • The icon of a a completly useless web browser... ;-) Honestly though; Safari sucks on Windows...
  • Definitively not Outlook Express. This icon actually launches my FastMail.FM mail checker (FastCheck)...
  • IE7 icon that launches IE6. I don't really use IE, so I've kept IE6 (on my notebook) for debugging purposes.
  • Opera! Simply the best internet experience... ;-) Known to run on MacOs as well...
  • Opera 9.5 Alpha 1 ("Kestrel")!
  • The icon provies easy access to the IIS management console.

    Yes - I'm running Internet Information Services on my notebook...
  • PgAdmin III to manage both local and remote PostgreSQL servers. And yes; Running a full blown ORDBMS on my notebook is definitively necessary...
  • I like round icons for web apps, so I've swapped Miranda IM's "yellow M" for a more anonymous looking IM icon (IIRC it's from Gnome)...
  • For one or another reason GIMP is all the way down here, strange as I'm certain I use it way more than Paint.NET that's further up the list. And here I was thinking that this list was my most used apps...
  • OpenOffice's Writer application!
    Notice also the lack of Microsoft Office. Haven't bothered installing it, even though I have a license. Lately the only time i use Microsoft Office is when I need to view/edit documents on my mobile phone...
  • Mmmm... Free phone calls!... I like free phone calls... :-)
  • FileZilla!
  • My notepad replacement: PsPad. Original icon seen in the start menu...
  • Possibly not the best icon for its app; this is my image viewer IrfranView...
  • Lastly there's a nice play button for my music player; foobar...
  • Not an apple...
  • FireFox is claiming som space.

My bastard of a desktop

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Just to prove that it isn't only Apple-fans that have the powers to spend way too much time customizing their desktops...

Here's the bastard of a UI that happens to be the desktop on my notebook. It's running Windows XP with a "Tiger compact" visual style. The dock is courtesy of Rocketdock and the widgets are powered by Opera. Shining in the reflections of a all to colorful Vista themed background by Hamad Darwish. Look closely and you'll even notice there's a couple of Linux/Gnome icons, just to complete the madness... ;-)

This image is posted as a response to Zeldman's blog post "I'll show you mine" and accompanying dashboard screenshot...

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