Found on the web: 12/16/2011 (a.m.)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Hmm, this is interesting. I hadn't even realised that somehow I had "favorited" Desktop Organizer. — Micro Formatica in Diigo. Admittedly I was tired when I tried it out, but still: I don't usually completely miss such requests or options.

But seeing as this link has appeared, I don't want to delete it because that would cause a bit of inconvenience for people, so I'll summarise what I think of the program and others like it:

  1. I was looking for a program that would enable me to easily organise and find shortcuts on my desktop.
  2. I tried Fences, but every so often my computer would start up with the "fences" in place, but with all the shortcut icons dumped on the desktop. As I have loads of shortcuts, it takes a good 20 minutes to sort out.
  3. I tried three times to install Desktop Organizer. Each time I tried to run it, it came up with some indecipherable "handling error". I don't have the patience for dealing with that, so I uninstalled it.
  4. I looked at a program called Nexus. It's fully-featured. In fact, too fully-featured: I just wanted something that would help me organise my desktop.
  5. In the end, I went to bed, sadly disillusioned with the state of the software development industry worldwide.
  6. Then I woke up this morning (sounds like a blues song, doesn't it?) and had a 'Eureka!' moment: why not create a load of folders in "My Documents" purely for the sake of holding shortcuts, and then put those shortcuts on my desktop? (I could have placed these folders on the desktop itself, but then I'd have to tweak my daily backup program to accomodate the Windows Desktop.) Here's the result:

 Organising your desktop is easy: who needs a special program?

Conclusion: like I said in the caption to the screenshot above, organising your desktop is easy, so why bother with a special program to do it for you? There's a bonus too: you can organise the shortcuts within each folder by name, recently accessed, or pretty much any other criteria.

Why didn't I think of this before?!