pll's Compiz desktop
Gothic blue stand alone Compiz desktop
Programs: compiz (0.8.8), emerald window decorator, gnome-terminal, conky with personal extensions and myGtkMenu for the *box style desktop-menu.
Wallpaper: frederica_bernkastel from Umineko
I use Compix because I'm vain; I need the graphical effects. It's also a very functional and flexible window manager. I think taskbars are ugly and a waste of space so I don't have any. I use Compiz's scale to switch windows. I have enough virtual desktops to never need to minimize anything. I use Conky for the time and date. The close and maximize buttons are shifted to the left so I can see the time through the transparent Emerald frame when using a maximized window.
I think it gives people a pleasant surprise to see my desktop after they're already passed judgement on the 7 year old Dell laptop exterior. In my mind at least it's a true testament to the power of Linux and Gentoo to make some godforsaken old piece of hardware look so pretty and run so beautifully. I really won't need a new laptop till this one literally catches fire.
I don't suppose anyone would ever want to contact me but if you do I'm pll on the Gentoo forums and p_l_l on freenode.
pll as in Peace Love Linux ^_^V