your favorite software
also if you're like me, it kinda sucks having cool automatically-changing
wallpaper, when it's all the time covered up with 1000 little
icons scattered all over the desktop.
PLUS that TASKBAR. Even
when you set the taskbar to hide itself from view, it's NOT hidden
from view, it
just gets really thin. YEAH. Like I won't notice
3200 light-grey pixels down at the bottom of the screen. And
I won't notice John Goodman hiding behind that flagpole.
So why bother changing wallpaper? You'll never be able to SEE
the wallpaper with all that stuff going on...?
Ahhh not so, my friend. Not if you download Iconoid. Iconoid
is a very cool little freeware program whose only purpose in life
is to HIDE those stupid annoying icons and that dull-witted non-hiding
I don't mean smush them down into pathetically obvious little lines,
I mean MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY, revealing your lovely background
in all its breathtaking glory.
How it works is, when you move your mouse pointer off the destop
or stop moving it, after a short delay, all your desktop clutter
disappears--icons, taskbar, even your pointer. All that's left
is just a blank screen showing whatever background you've chosen. And
then when you move your mouse, everything pops back up, just like
before, and you can get right back to what you were doing. Simple!
And it's got other cool by-the-way features, like have you ever noticed
that sometimes when you've arranged all your desktop icons neatly
into some logical order (if you don't know what I'm talking about
here then you don't know how to shut off 'auto-arrange' and you should
skip this paragraph) and you do something crazy like, oh, I dunno,
change your screen resolution or something, when you set it back,
all your icons have been moved around? In an order so annoyingly
bad that you suspect that it was intentionally programmed that way? Man
that used to tick me off. But
Iconoid has a setting where it automatically saves all that kind
of stuff and automatically restores your icons to the positions you
most of the time it works!
Oh and you know how brain-dead Windows will let you stretch your
favorite wallpaper to fill the whole screen, but unless it
happens to be EXACTLY desktop-sized it'll make everything look distorted? Yeah,
nice feature huh...so
let me get this straight, my choices are: tiny little picture
in the middle of a mostly-empty desktop, or a picture that fills
up every dang pixel on the screen but makes the picture look like
a funhouse mirror reflection. Oh nice.
like watching basketball and they suddenly break in with a hurricane
warning or something and they're telling you to evacuate the county,
blah blah blah, whatever...they show the warning in a scroll at the
bottom of the screen, and instead of keeping the proportions the
same, or (God forbid) cutting off a little bit of the players' sneakers,
instead they opt to SMUSH THE WHOLE BASKETBALL GAME so that suddenly
you're watching unusually short heavy-set basketball players passing
an orange football.
Iconoid has a feature that makes your 'stretch' option actually work...it
forces the pic's proportions to not change. They need to invent
an Iconoid that works on TV broadcasts, if you ask me.
So to sum up, this is a cool little program with only a very few
bugs which has taken up Microsoft's slack for many years. You
know, the little Windows annoyances which aren't a big deal, but
which, when you consider that what Microsoft's been doing for the
past fifteen years is just rewriting and rereleasing the same operating
system over and over, you'd think they might have taken a few minutes
for example...do you think it's time yet for a Solitaire program
that doesn't look like I programmed it? Ohh,
they went with eight colors. Impressive.