Analyzing Desktops

Here it is, now you can analyze that nerd in the cubicle next to you just by looking at his computer! No, I’m not talking about hacking his hard drive or sniffing his e-mail. The BBC has an article about what people’s computers say about them:

Analysing the computer screen, the images you use or simply the way you organise your icons can reveal much about your inner desires and ambitions.

This seems to go beyond the “Mac users are from Venus/Windows users are from Mars” concept. Let’s see, my wallpaper shows a picture of a new iMac and says “iMac 2” at the top and “iWant 1” at the bottom. No deep psychological meaning there, should be pretty obvious. Screen saver is a slide show and the only thing it shows right now is a Foxtrot cartoon. I have OS X automatically arrange my icons based on the kind of file it is. I keep WebDAV, Mail, IE5, OmniWeb, Quicken and iTunes in the dock.

This says that I am a boring computer geek who needs to get out more often. No, wait. That’s what my wife and kids are tellilng me. Whatever.

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