Okay, this is the first post in this series. Really Useful Stuff is really hard to find, so expect posts once a week.
RocketDock is developed by an Apple fanboy and fangirl on OS X.
Consider it a peace offering from the Mac community to you.
Together we can end OS persecution :)
Now isn't that cute. It's not the single greatest piece of software ever, as its website claims. But RocketDock is really good. It's a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. English: it's a kind of transparent hovering toolbar that makes life easier.
I like a clean desktop (because it gets messy so often! I keep saving files on my desktop), and desktop icons do eat up a bit of your system memory.
But with this thing, you can happily have your desktop icons hanging on a toolbar; you can also have shortcuts to folders, files and webpages. RocketDock claims you can even have small applications running within it, such as a weather widget or a clock.
And of course, it's skinnable, you can dock it anywhere on your desktop, choose to auto-hide it, customize actions, change icons, etc, etc.
Check out the screens: I've customized RocketDock with mostly default icons, so it's not as pretty as it could be. On my desktop, icons on RocketDock balloon when I hover on them. Check out RocketDock's website here for a video demonstration. Here's the download page.
For: Really simple and useful, looks nice too. Hundreds of community resources (skins, wallpapers, icons) available. Latest version includes taskbar support, which makes minimized windows appear as icons on your dock.
Against: Deleting icons from your dock deserved a confirmation pop-up.