Web Worker Daily » Blog Archive Now Your Computer Desktop Can Be Just as Messy as Your Real One «With a pen-like stylus and a “physics-enabled” virtual workspace prototyped by BumpTop, you can organize electronic files into piles just like you do on your real desktop. I’m not sure whether this shows radical innovation or utter insanity; either way, it’s impressive.

The funny thing is that my Mac desktop is cleaner than my real one.  The real one has a folder with the current item I am working on.

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I see a lot of my friends and colleagues with desktop that include almost every installed application. For some double clicking the “MacIntosh HD” icon and then navigation to the “Application” folder to find an application is just too much work. These are the same people (like my wife) who keep what appears to be a disorganized pile of paper on and sometime under the desk. They claim to know where everything is but it seems to me that it takes a lot longer to find when you your filing system is in your head. I prefer a clean desktop and organized sub folders. I find it much easier to “Document/Finances/Taxes/2006/” to find related documents than remembering which “safe place” I put it. My real world desktop reflects that thinking.