You know why I love Twitter? Because it’s my own personal answering machine. If I have a random question, I can toss it out to the ether and usually one of my smart, good-looking, and suave followers wing a helpful response back.
Yesterday I was pondering the issue of a crowded desktop on my two computers. Clutter in real life annoys me — and likewise on a screen I see every day. I asked Twitter if there was anything like being able to group up icons like how the iPhone allows, and a couple of people suggested that I check out Stardock’s Fences.
(As an aside, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Stardock, since they’re literally ten minutes down the road from me here in Michigan. Not a lot of Michigan gaming/software studios.)
It was $10 for the program, but after looking it over, I decided that this was exactly what I needed. And after installing it on both machines, I have to say that it’s a brilliant little piece of software.
Fences lets you easily make transparent windows for your desktop in which you can place thematically similar icons. These fences can be moved around, resized, and easily scrolled through if there are more icons in them than are currently showing. In a few minutes I was able to reclaim a large swath of my desktop real estate while organizing my programs into various groups. Plus, I anticipate it’s going to be of great help when I get my new hard drive online (I got the hard drive but forgot to order more cables, d’oh) and start downloading a bunch of MMOs.
Anyway, just thought I’d pass along this recommendation!