A couple of months ago I purchased a 22″ LCD monitor. I saw that there is no point in working with maximized windows (of Firefox, Word etc.) since then you get huge margins, that are added to both sides of the screen. So I started working will all the windows in ‘normal’ mode (not maximized) – and suddenly I had lots of free desktop space, and nothing to do with it. Not only that, quickly I found out that moving/resizing windows around a large desktop is an exhausting task.
So I started to look for solutions to both problems. After months of dangerous quests, daunting setbacks, lucky breaks and painful disillusionments I came up with a desktop configuration that is pretty cool. Here are some pictures of my computer’s desktop
1. Lite mode – when the mind is free of worries and problems
2. Mixed mode
3. Full Engagement Mode
So, what makes my desktop so damn cool? Here is the list:
1. Calendar – the greatest invention since the wheel
Rainlendar – Tiny desktop calendar that is full-featured (tasks, events, alarms), visually attractive (skins, opacity levels), light (nothing like outlook-like monsters) , and best of all – full synchronization with Google calendar.
Synchronization is achieved by installing GCalDaemon – service that runs in the background and keeps your Google calendar fully synchronized.
Pro: just exactly what I needed
Con: steep learning curve (GCalDaemon configuration is confusing)
2. Sticky Notes – If you don’t want to do things, just make a list of things to do
Hott Notes – The best free app to create notes (with alarms), check-lists and even scribble notes. And all of that in a very intuitive and fast way
Pro: very useful
Con: too sticky
3. WinAmp – Still the best music player