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Your Taskbar

weather: sunny
outside: 2°C
mood: ideaful
Y'know, I just had an interesting thought.

Everybody post a screencap of what your taskbar or dock looks like in the middle of a typical day =)

If you have nowhere to host it, e-mail it to me and I'll stick it up for you. I think it can be very telling as to what you're like.

Here's me at home. I'll have to do my work one on Monday.

[Update - February 24, 2003, 2138h]

Here's me at work. =P I so seriously need virtual desktops... but I'm afraid it might crash my finicky machine. This is two and a half projects' worth of stuff happening. I have scripts running over on remote machines; I have a set of test results I'm looking at (that bunch of browsers on the bottom level); I'm taking a screenshot to show one of the guys something and an e-mail composition ready to send him that screenshot; I'm poking around in two MySQL databases...

Oh, I also have a Mac! I need to do Splat-Shift-4-CapsLock when I get to work tomorrow.

[Update - February 25, 2003, 1048h]

Here's me on my Mac at work. It's 1 cm high at 1024x768 resolution. I can only have my display up to 1024x768 because of the crappy video card. The dock size is pushed as small as it will go and I have Magnification turned off. I obviously don't use the Mac very much. And when I do, all I do is open up Terminal shells unless I need the applications.



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Feb. 23rd, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
OMG you have a lot of apps opened!!! Hey I use Trillian too! And I have the same chinese program you do!
Feb. 23rd, 2003 11:12 am (UTC)
Heehee =) I'm pretty bad. =)

I realized that I didn't have my Task Manager and a few others when I did the screencap either. =\
Feb. 23rd, 2003 11:28 am (UTC)
How do you take a screencap of your taskbar in windows?
Feb. 23rd, 2003 11:29 am (UTC)
Click on [a spare blank spot on] the taskbar, ALT-PrintScreen, then paste it into PhotoShop or something that can save out to JPG/GIF =)
Feb. 23rd, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC)

*grin* Woohoo, thanks for hosting that. Fun idea. :D
Feb. 23rd, 2003 09:41 pm (UTC)
OK, here's a typical one from home... mail, file explorer, Opera (with a bunch of tabs), and three news readers (Perl mailing lists, SpamCop, and general Usenet):

Start | QuickLaunch bar | Pegasus Mail | Servant Salamander | Opera | Agent for Perl | Agent for Spamcop | Agent | System tray

I'll post some from work as well later if I think of it (I have multiple desktops there).
Feb. 23rd, 2003 09:47 pm (UTC)
Interesting... do you get out of sorts when the order of the first few things are off? =)

I have mine just about the same way. E-mail always comes first, then a browser or two, then other apps =)

And that's exactly why I have the double-height bar... because otherwise, my system tray would stretch all the way to my start button =D
Feb. 24th, 2003 12:48 am (UTC)
Heh :) No, not really... it's more a function of the order in which I open my email programs. First mail, then Pageant (PuTTY's SSH key agent), then browser. When I'm done with that, then newsreader. Sometimes news comes before browsing. I don't do much more at home.

At work, the taskbar keeps getting re-sorted because when I switch virtual desktops, it usually shuffles the icons around so I can't rely on "the third terminal window from the left is currently in directory /foo". It's not that bad, though.
Feb. 24th, 2003 12:49 am (UTC)
my work desktops
OK, and here's the work bars. I use Desktop Twister to give me multiple desktops.

This came from the time when I used Netscape 4 as my primary browser and had multiple windows open ... someone saw my taskbar and recommended DT to me :)

Now I use Opera, which has all of its tabs in one window, but I've got used to it now... I instinctively press Alt+1 to get to my email desktop and Alt+2 to get to my browser desktop (sometimes I even press Alt+1 at home when I want to send email :P).

Desktop 1 (called "Basis"; mostly it only has Outlook and possibly some open emails; recently it's also acquired an SSH window):

[Start button | Microsoft Outlook | snit.ch - PuTTY | System tray]

In the system tray, you can also see icons for Pegasus Mail and mIRC, which are minimised most of the time. Every now and then I open them to see whether anything interesting has happened (though Pegasus also notifies me of new mail on the account it watches by flapping its wings; it's mostly for London Perl Mongers and Lojban Beginners mailing lists).

Desktop 2 (called "Browser", where I keep my browser, a file explorer and often a couple of viewers on Lojban vocab files to translate things on the lojban mailing list):

[Start button | Viewer | Servant Salamander | Viewer | Opera | Pegasus Mail | mIRC | System tray]

Here you can see Pegasus and mIRC on the taskbar.

Desktop 3 (called "Botanix", from the name of the host I used to work one):

[Start button | Exceed | PuTTY | PuTTY | PuTTY | gvim | gvim | gvim | PuTTY | Servant Salamander | gvim | System tray]

I now work on a different project on a different box, so the "botanix" is a misnomer, but I haven't bothered renaming the virtual desktop. This desktop usually has a couple of terminal windows and often a bunch of editor windows (gvim over an X Window connection; hence the Exceed icon in the taskbar, which is the X server).

Desktop 4 (called "Hintergrund", i.e. "background" -- a kind of overflow desktop for when I want to open a program or two that doesn't take up screen and taskbar space on an existing desktop):

[Start button | System tray]

It's nearly always empty. Desktop 5 is empty even more of the time, but I keep around 5 desktops "just in case".
Feb. 24th, 2003 09:41 am (UTC)
Re: my work desktops
Re: Desktop Twister

Ooo... That might be an idea for me too. Thanks! =)
Feb. 24th, 2003 02:29 am (UTC)
pne's scary!
Feb. 24th, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
D'oh... I have pub21.bravenet.com blocked =P

I'll unblock it to have a look at it sometime... =)
Feb. 24th, 2003 05:23 pm (UTC)
eheheh..i blocked it before too
Feb. 24th, 2003 09:34 am (UTC)
Oohhh...for some reason I never thought of making my tool bar double height until I read this - much better - thanks!
I'll have to take a screen capture when I'm not on my lunch and I have a little more time .... althought my poor old computer is so slow its not that interesting! I can't have too much open at once, poor thing.
Feb. 24th, 2003 09:39 am (UTC)
much better - thanks!

Haha! Yeah, I got the idea from someone else too, after years and years of going, hmmm... now which one of these slivers is the one I want? ... *click* oops, wrong one ... *click* oops, wrong one ... *click* oops, wrong one ... *click* oops, wrong one ... =D
Feb. 24th, 2003 09:49 pm (UTC)
my taskbar @ the office
This is my taskbar at work. I have it running vertically down the right side of my screen. Makes it easier to tell which window is which.

And yes, mail happened to be my first application today because my IE crashed early this morning. IE is usually my first series of windows because it is the fastest application to launch. I configure my apps to autolaunch on startup.

btw, thanks for hosting!
Feb. 24th, 2003 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: my taskbar @ the office
No problem =)

I tried moving my taskbar to the right (it feels odd with it on the left, for some reason). I find that the bar wastes less space and my windows can be taller this way as well.
Feb. 24th, 2003 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: my taskbar @ the office
Yeah, it does feel bizarre with the taskbar on the left. It doesn't jive with me at all. The reason why I moved my taskbar to the right was cos I found myself using too many windows and having the bar at the bottom was a pain. I need rapid access to various sites and not being able to tell right away was clumsy especially when I'm concentrating on listening/talking on the phone with a client.

This setup definitely saves space for me at the office. I'm sure you'll convert after trying it out for a while. :)

At home though, I have my taskbar at the bottom. Reason being, I don't have so many windows open at once.
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Mar. 1st, 2003 01:22 pm (UTC)
Heeheehee, yeah that's just about what mine looked like before I did the double height =D
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