I downloaded the google desktop package yesterday.
My wallpaper is a NASA photograph of the sunset from Mars, and I like the bleak austerity of it and widgets just get in the way. I have however kept two of them. One is a google search entry box which is about 4cm wide and just over 1cm high, and not intrusive. The other scrolls through “My Pictures” and shows me what it finds there, fading and changing every 30 seconds or so.
It’s odd how compelling I find these images. Much more compelling than random images. But I guess what I find powerful is the composition, and that can hardly be a surprise since I would have spent a minute or three composing each of them, so their composition and content demonstrates very purely how I view the world. This seems to be asymetrically, without people and against the light.
For me as they flick past in the top right corner of the screen, they are pure signal with no noise.
Mind you, in a column at the bottom of this page, they just look muddled.