I haven't posted for a while because I'm very happy with my desktop. Until recently, when I found myself yearning for a dock, of all things. I have objectdock plus installed on my Vista partition and I used to use it a lot.
So being Linux I knew that someone will have made something similar for our OS. The two main docks are Kiba dock and AWN. I plumped for AWN as Kiba seems hugely difficult to install.
The installation only took 10 minutes and involved nothing more complicated than tapping a few commands into terminal.
And the result of fiddling with terminal for a bit is a hugely functional dock which even supports my last.fm account!