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POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 25, 2011 07:30AM
Just curious: how do each of you sort your files/folders on your Desktop (if you place anything at all on them). I was iChatting with a colleague this morning, and we were talking about our preferred ways to sort the files and folders we store (temporarily or permanently) on our desktop.

Share your desktop image. Easy to do at [imgur.com] , no account needed, just Command-Shift-3 and that'll take a shot of your desktop. Here's mine:

[i.imgur.com]

(that's actually just one screen, but the other just holds the other half of the flower image). I'm sorting by Name, and place the label on the right.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/25/2011 07:30AM by tuqqer.
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: January 25, 2011 07:45AM
Tried and failed. Image getting truncated at the right and not showing my drives and folders . . .
Life goes on . . .



Bill
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Carpe Vino!

Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.
— David Rains Wallace



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 25, 2011 08:25AM
Here's mine, eh?

[dl.dropbox.com]



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 25, 2011 08:31AM
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Zoidberg
Here's mine, eh?

Another fan of Default Folder. Been a constant user of that for centuries.
What are your menu icons, Zoid?

My odd 3rd-party menu icons (leaving out the Apple ones) are, left to right:
QuicKeys, Backblaze, Spell Catcher.

Also: how do you line up all those icons on the left. Is that done manually? Very nice design.



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: mikebw
Date: January 25, 2011 08:34AM
I don't keep anything on my desktop in the long term. Just have any mounted media icons on there, and also use it for a temporary location to hold a file that needs to be transferred somewhere else.
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 25, 2011 08:41AM
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tuqqer
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Zoidberg
Here's mine, eh?

Also: how do you line up all those icons on the left. Is that done manually? Very nice design.

Yes, the icons are manually placed there; I usually only keep my HD on the right and keep other access items on the left. I do keep it set to "always snap to grid" to keep it neat.

The icons, right to left:

TotalFinder
OmniDazzle
Dropbox
Canon (MX870) Network Scanner Access (rarely used)
Gmail Notifr
The one, the only, Default Folder
CuteClips
Hazel
smcFanControl
Pinki
Growl

The rest are Apple stuff:
Bluetooth
Time Machine
Sync
iChat
Airport
Monitors
Volume
Clock
Spotlight



(BTW, it's spelled < y'all >.)
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 25, 2011 08:47AM
That Total Finder looks very interesting; almost like a simpler more streamlined version of Path Finder.
Do you still find Total Finder useful? Do you find you use it pretty much every day?

Thanks for taking the time to share these.



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: January 25, 2011 09:03AM
Mine, like my real (physical) desktop, tends to accumulate piles of junk. At least now and then I clean up the computer desktop. Much of the stuff ends up in a folder called *Desktop—WFF!" That means "Weed, File, or Fling!"


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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 25, 2011 09:04AM
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tuqqer
That Total Finder looks very interesting; almost like a simpler more streamlined version of Path Finder.
Do you still find Total Finder useful? Do you find you use it pretty much every day?

It's fast becoming my next Default Folder, insofar as it being indispensable for my day-to-day use. Really like having a unified Finder window with tabs; keeps things neat. One of my favorite features is the "meld" feature (command + u) when you have a couple of windows open; makes it easy to move things while keeping each view how you want it (i.e., one is folder view, the other list, etc.).

I tried Pathfinder several times, but never got into it.

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tuqqer
Thanks for taking the time to share these.

You're welcome; thanks for starting the thread. I like seeing how others set things up and what apps/utilities they use; I usually come away discovering a few great new tools.

BTW, the background is something I found over at deviantart.com; [uratsakidogi.deviantart.com] . He's got one with the "That's All Folks!" wording on it as well.

I don't keep my desktop for long periods of time. I work on a dual setup; an iMac (iMac9,1) with an Apple LED Cinema Display, which is what the screen shot is of (and serves as my main monitor). I usually keep the main monitor with a clean background (so as to better see icons and etc, also less distracting when I'm working). Some other backgrounds I routinely use (though a couple go against the "clean background" statement above):

Bowtie-Curtain-2560x1600-lbaumann.com.jpg
Aurora_Blur_by_SkateAddiction.png
TREK_Matts_Pride.jpg
EAGLE_Long_Port.jpg
Star_Trek_Enterprise_Refit_NCC1701_freecomputerdesktopwallpaper_1600.jpg
DisneySea_Toyko_Vulcania.jpg

Left the original titles in case someone wants to go hunting online. Since my original Mac days (PowerBook 160) I've collected desktop pics; I probably have a couple thousand. I should open a website.



(BTW, it's spelled < y'all >.)



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 25, 2011 09:16AM
Big fan of dualies. Here's my set up (with a different pair of desktop pics than I'm currently using):

Those are Samsung 24s.

I'm excited to try out this Total Finder. I've been looking for something like it for years. I also found Path Finder to be too much, and it became one of those great ideas that I could never easily incorporate into my work flow. I'm checking out TF now.

(by the way, if you have any great dual desktop pics to share, let me know. I've got a few that are amazing).



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 25, 2011 09:17AM
you guys need dropbox and grabox for screen shots

its a one click process

shift + command + 3 or 4 = it automatically places your screen shot in a folder in your public folder, then copies the link for you (shortens it too)

Left 1920 X 1200 :[dl.dropbox.com]

Right 1920 X 1200: [dl.dropbox.com]

Thats super clean for me. Running dragthing, secondbar and the dock is hidden on the far left.



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 25, 2011 09:25AM
jdc -- another fan of SecondBar here.



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 25, 2011 09:33AM
Nice use of DragThing, jdc.



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: gabester
Date: January 25, 2011 09:47AM
I don't keep my desktop arranged automatically. Instead, I position icons as needed to keep my daily workflows as organized as possible given the ramshackle nature of much that I do.

[i.imgur.com]

I like folders with custom icons... that's what makes it worthwhile - showing the desktop with large icons!
g=
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 25, 2011 09:53AM
Cute kids, gabester!

And you definitely like the larger icons! ha.



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: volcs0
Date: January 25, 2011 10:11AM
Haven't seen my desktop in a long time. I keep many programs and windows open and just navigate by using Command-Tab. I also rely in Menubar items a lot. I never was able to find a use for Spaces or anything Desktop related. I tried a few times to use Quicksilver, but never got the hang of it.
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: dmann
Date: January 25, 2011 10:47AM
13" MB, FWIW

Dock is usually hidden, but I brought it out for the pic. I am very much an "out of sight, out of mind" person, so things that need immediate or somewhat immediate attention are loose on the desktop.

I am also big on lists, so there are generally 5 or 6 Stickies stacked up at any given time.

[i.imgur.com]

DM



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 25, 2011 11:03AM
[i.imgur.com]

on a MacBook
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: gabester
Date: January 25, 2011 11:04AM
Dmann, make sure you've got someone to watch your place when you're in Italy around October 21st!
I wondered if my screenshot revealed too much personal information. g=
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: dmann
Date: January 25, 2011 11:15AM
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gabester
Dmann, make sure you've got someone to watch your place when you're in Italy around October 21st!
I wondered if my screenshot revealed too much personal information. g=

LOL! I thought about that, but the petsitter will be staying here and I live in a highrise with a 24 hour doorman, so I'm pretty safe. smiling smiley

Any tips for Italy are welcomed, BTW! We're doing Rome, Venice and Florence/Tuscany.

DM
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 25, 2011 11:27AM
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Jimmypoo
[i.imgur.com]

on a MacBook

Gorgeous! Love that background.



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 25, 2011 11:31AM
[i.imgur.com]

I can't stand having files plastered all over the desktop. It looks awful, like a dog run where nobody scoops, and it's a poor way to organize work (or porn or whatever else it is that people throw on there).
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 25, 2011 11:35AM
ka jowct,

Is that "9" menu icon a way to access OS9? If so, which apps are you running on 9?



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 25, 2011 11:49AM
The 9 menu icon is for Classic. Once in a great while, I have to access old Pagemaker documents. But that's about it.
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: January 25, 2011 12:32PM
[i.imgur.com]

2 folders in Dock for Apps and Aliases, which take me to my data. Drag box folder on the DT for quick pic dump from the web. Just cleaned the DT up a week ago as there were all of 8 folders and items on there for no reason. I have a second screen with nothing on it, just a desktop of various HST and amateur pictures. Both are usually cluttered with windows.
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: decay
Date: January 25, 2011 01:31PM
MacBook Pro 17in (work)

[i.imgur.com]

some nice dual & triple monitor desktops here:
[www.mandolux.com]
(hasn't been updated in a while)



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 25, 2011 02:22PM
jimmypoo -- so where's the direct link to that JPEG on the desktop, eh?



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: kahuna1342
Date: January 25, 2011 02:32PM


Pretty much like that most of the time. Dock is normally hidden. I will occasionally have some files on the desktop if I have a current project in process. This is on my 15" MBP with 1680x1050.





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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 25, 2011 02:50PM
I never bother with individual Office icons. If I'm regularly using it, I use the Project Gallery as my start-up
for the suite, and then select the blank for Word/Excel/PP, and save their crappy icons from polluting
the desktop and the dock.

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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 26, 2011 04:58AM
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tuqqer
Big fan of dualies. Here's my set up (with a different pair of desktop pics than I'm currently using):

Those are Samsung 24s.

Hey tugger! where'd you find that glass of mine? I've been looking all over for it.

gl
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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 26, 2011 06:45AM
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Hey tugger! where'd you find that glass of mine? I've been looking all over for it.

I grabbed it out of your kitchen a couple months ago. You were using it to drink from, when it obviously was built as a vid stand.



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Re: POLL: what's your desktop like, and how do you sort? (PIC)
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 27, 2011 01:52AM
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tuqqer
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Hey tugger! where'd you find that glass of mine? I've been looking all over for it.

I grabbed it out of your kitchen a couple months ago. You were using it to drink from, when it obviously was built as a vid stand.

Who knew?

grinning smiley
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