Over the many months, I've settled into simple and effective over extremely flashy. Check it out. Winamp is up top for music that I'm usually always playing. Then you got the programs and playlists/radio stations on the side. I also have skins for Firefox and pidgin. I did have one for Thunderbird, but decided the default looks better then anything currently out. Also, I found that non-transparent Windowblinds skins were better when you wanted a faster computer.
Please keep in mind I did not help make any other these skins! They are just what I have collected over the years. With that, add in your favorite wallpaper, and you got a sweet looking desktop. Not to mention easy to navigate!
- Windowblinds (Azenis 2): [link]
- Pidgin (Clearlooks DarkNice): [link] (You have to install gtk+ to use the theme selector)
- Winamp (Big Bento) - Comes with winamp. You can recolor it with the color editor [link]
- Firefox (NASA Night Launch): [link]
Why Pidgin over Trillian? Quite simple, it was never getting updated... ever. The file transfers never worked either. What happened to Rainlender/Rainmeter? Rainlender got replaced by Thunderbird plugin and Rainmeter I never used.