Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 18:00 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces A long time ago, we asked everyone to show their desktops, and we figured it would be nice, on this (for me) cold and dreary Monday to do that all over again, over two years later. The questions remain the same: cluttered or clean? Icons or no icons? Dual or single panel layout in GNOME? How free-form is your Plasma desktop? Are there any real computer users in here (as in, using CDE)? Read on for my own two desktops.
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Here's mine
by deathshadow on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 23:34 UTC
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2005-07-12

Warning, it's almost a meg even at 15% loss since it's
5120x1200 - two 24" LCD's at 1920x1200 and a 17" at 1280x1024 (soon to be replaced by a third 24" LCD)

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b243/deathshadow60/desktop_2feb20...

Windows XP x64, 'classic' theme with all the goofy animated bull turned off. Taskbar is in portrait mode on the right with that "Group similar buttons" nonsense turned off, the "hide inactive icons" nonsense turned off, - and the start menu has "personalized menus" turned off as well. The point of a menu is to show you ALL the options, not just the options you happen to have used recently!

Let's just say there's a reason I bitch about Gnome not letting you set the width of one of it's toolbars to more than 128 pixels wide, much less it's half assed behavior towards stretching everything to max height.

Of course that goes with my attitude towards most of the new eye candy garbage - It's like UI designers seem to think it is a cardinal sin to have TEXT displayed to tell you what all those open windows are - instead relying on some goof assed thumbnail so distorted you can't tell any of the windows apart. (am I the only person that finds multitasking under OSX damned near impossible to use? - gimme a ******* taskbar!)

Oh, and here's another shot, this time with a couple windows open.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b243/deathshadow60/desktop_with_w...

Which illustrates how I have to zoom in 30% in opera to make this site useful because it uses absurdly undersized fixed metric fonts instead of dynamic fonts, effectively alienating large font/120 dpi users and being an accessability /FAIL/.

Made even more of a pain in the ass by the fact that the form boxes DO use dynamic fonts, so while typing in text it's better to return to default zoom - GREAT... But what do you expect from a page designed to a fixed width for no good reason.

-- edit --

forgot photobucket is a ****tard about resizing images even if you are under the file SIZE limitations... so excuse the heavy artifacting on the second pic.

Edited 2009-02-02 23:42 UTC

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Oops, forgot 7
by deathshadow on Tue 3rd Feb 2009 00:17 in reply to "Here's mine"
deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

I also had win7 installed last month - did my testing, reported what didn't work...

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b243/deathshadow60/desktop_window...

Which was the same general resolution, but at that time I was running two 21" CRT's and just one 24" LCD. Center CRT caught fire a couple weeks ago (literally) so I figured maybe it was time to go pure LCD. (still adjusting to the COMPLETE lack of real blacks)

The biggest thing that had problems is right there in the screenshot - Audio. My audigy 2 would cut in and out trying to play games and when trying to use my EMU Morpheus alongside the Audigy 2 (basically giving me three EMU 10K chips in one machine - 96 channels on six ports, 384 multitimbral, no waiting - did we mention I usually have a gig of ram sucking down soundfonts?) both devices would alternate cutting in and out. (driver issue in a beta? No, REALLY?)

Which still means it worked better than Vista where the system would BSOD if I tried to play more than 60 measures non-stop in Sonar...

As you can also see, I was able to turn off most of that new taskbar nonsense and get it back to how I like my desktop laid out - though interestingly I left the new Aero enabled (though I turned off all the animated bull) since it seemed to be more 'polished' and less annoying than Aero is under Vista (like say, you change the desktop color you don't get stuck with cyan lines that don't match!)

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