So I’ve started loading up my new Windows 7 machine with stuff.
First thing I loaded was Impulse which gives me access to a lot of the programs I own. I’ve also put on Incredibuild which we use to help make builds a lot faster. I’ve got Office 2007 installed, various version of Visual Studio, Adobe Acrobat, Skype, VMWare Workstation, Adobe Photoshop, Beyond Compare, WinCVS, and so on. I tried to install Corel Draw X4 but don’t have enough activations left (GRRR) (I wish there was an easy “de-activate other installations) since I only have the one copy in use.
Of course at this point my desktop is starting to get a lot of junk on it. So just in time, I am installing the first generally available Community Tech Preview version of Stardock’s killer new app: FENCES.
At the risk of hyperbole, Fences is probably the single most significant piece of desktop software to be released since…well I don’t know how long. I predict Fences will become one of the most popular programs out there in a short amount of time.
Let’s see how well this runs on Windows 7 because it is an amazingly powerful program that integrates deeply into the OS.
Installing Fences on Windows 7.
It creates some default fences to clean up my desktop:
Now my desktop has some fences on it that let me organize my icons easily.
For my next trick, I exclude the recycle bin from quick-hide (which I’ll show next).
Double click on my desktop and…
A clean desktop other than my recycle bin.
What’s nice about Fences is that it lets me organize my desktop easily without having to create bunches of folders. It enables my cluttering rather than trying to force me to organize.
Anyway, so Fences is working in Windows 7 which is no small feat. Windows 7 64-bit for that matter!
BTW, for you power users you’ll love this:
SSD? Bah. 64-bit with lots of RAM = mega speed because everything ends up in the disk cache. Of course, having a Core i7 is nice with 8 virtual CPUs is helpful too. It’s a long day from the OS/2 SMP days.