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Do you have the coolest customized desktop?

Since the TechRepublic community often takes pride in technical know-how and ability, we'd like to see some creative desktop customizations. Send in your photo submissions along with your TR username and an explanation about why you think your customized desktop is the coolest.

Then prove it. Since the TechRepublic community often takes pride in technical know-how and ability, we'd like to see some of your most creative desktop customizations (regardless of what OS you use).

Send in your photo submissions along with your TR username and an explanation about why you think your customized desktop is the coolest.

[Update 9/1/10: The submissions are in, and now it's time for you to vote for the entry that is truly the "coolest customized desktop."]

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27 comments
kuesco
kuesco

I don?t see the point. Techrepublic is targeted at pro users and these users are always the less prone to stupidize their OS with eye-candy cpu-hogging useless-things, we preffer clean, fast, stable Win/Linux systems, and for many of us a command prompt is enough to get the work done!! Please kill the guys of Windows Blinds (joke!).

dmeireles
dmeireles

Both work pc and personal laptop running Windows 7 with the themes service disabled (I think I might be the only guy in the world running Windows 7 without Aero, even in its basic shape). Works great for me, and old graphic applications don't make my screen flicker (I'm talking to you, Gens - Sega Genesis Emulator)

electricpower
electricpower

Probably not.

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

I have the 24-bit cow photo from win9x in a window / picture frame and the smallest start menu on the planet it's smaller than the win9x start menu I GP-Edited away "All" of the crap; my start menu is: ________________ Programs > Settings > Run ... ________________ Log Off ---- ... Shut Down ... ________________ Here it is: http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/zz249/WhatNameShoudIUse/DeskTop1.png edit: to add link

NexS
NexS

That's uncool man! Way totally unway cool.

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

it's 1152 x 864 and using a 16-color 384K image made with win3.1 over 10 years ago http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/zz249/WhatNameShoudIUse/DeskTop2.png note the start menu: - no documents - no pictures - no help & support - nor any other junk

seanferd
seanferd

at one time or another. I do change the XP icons for My Computer and the Recycle Bin to the older style icons, which I like better. I've also probably used all the apps mentioned, as well as others, to create my own DLL files full of icons for later use. Nice to see all the tips in one spot. I could have used those back in the day, rather than figuring out the more arcane procedures myself. :D But then, i wouldn't have learnt as much.

heyyoucraig
heyyoucraig

It would be truely techy if you activated the Elements of the Table and used them as your shortcuts!! Cheers

Jaqui
Jaqui

it's called an image map :p

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

allows my computer to appear in the Folder Pane of Windows Exploder I rarely ever use the Desktop Icons they're just put there during Program installs and I don't bother to delete them the two major Audio editing programs I have, are programmed in such a way as to dump the RAM held when minimized, which might be fine for something else but corrupts huge files, so when I have one of the editors open, I never see the desktop, but I always have a windows exploder open and can access my computer from the top of the folder tree and all the windows exploder shortcuts open with: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e, /n, D:\ as I never use the "my junk" folders, because, I still use the file management skills I learned from DOS / Win3.10 and with document history turned off, the .lnk files are never created, so the start menu "my junk" folders would always be empty anyway [b]Make the elements your desktop shortcuts.[/b] shortcut to Oxygen etc. that would be funny, but, I don't have any way of making the table click-able though

seanferd
seanferd

What do you rename "My Computer" on your Windows box? 2 examples: Idiot SysRq

NexS
NexS

Are there bone and enamel filings by your keyboard? Do you name your computer things such as 'The Flash', or 'Speed Racer'. I do not, for fear of bemused objection on the machine's part.

seanferd
seanferd

Although Computer always gets renamed. I have to admit that the words "fan" and "Vista" in the same sentence, when applied to me, makes my teeth hurt.

NexS
NexS

Of the Vista/7 idea of 'Computer', 'Documents' etc.?

NexS
NexS

Make the elements your desktop shortcuts. That'd be 'Mystery Meat' navigation at its best/worst! One thing, though, I always prefer to have 'My Computer' on the Start menu because I don't like having to get to the desktop to find it for management/properties functions.

seanferd
seanferd

Turn off the Whistler name ribbon thing on the side of the Start menu. (I also like to remove extraneous words like "my" from Desktop icons.) I, however, tend to add folders above the menu separator to keep certain groups of programs out of the Programs menu. So, my menu is quite a bit taller than yours.

Jaqui
Jaqui

my desktop has all the fancy features turned off. and is stripped to base functionality. that ain't a "cool" desktop.

C
C

A black background and icons grouped by type. It's built for speed!

PurpleSkys
PurpleSkys

well...not really so fabulous...nice shot of David Tennant...and as classic view as i can make win7...of course when hockey season starts back up, it'll be Sid or some form of Penguin paraphenalia ;)

NexS
NexS

About the only real customization I have is the free trial of 'Multi-Mon Taskbar'. It just gives me a taskbar on my second monitor. Oh, and the science fiction desktop backgrounds... but I don't think they count... So Do you have the coolest customized desktop? Nope, I lose.

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