I'm beginning to think you've got a rant for everything not your idea. Your arguments are becoming quite the bore around here. If you have such fantastical ideas then please put them to effect and stop crapping in this thread. Are you just too sheepish to post your own design or what?
I'm starting to feel like the judges in Idols. Specially as most of the pictures have fundamental UI design flaws, like the waste of border space. Not to mention as all of the information is out there for those that really are interested.
By introducing the useless vertrical bar in the start menu you are A) forcing user to do extra horisontal targeting, as start menu usually is accessed by throwing the mouse to the left-bottom corner and B) you are making the targeting of menu items harder because forced horisontal targeting.
I have already posted couple of designs and don't think I'll be posting new stuff anytime soon since I want to actually start writing design documents instead of bickering something that has laid over it.
That document writing is waiting for my desk; at the moment I only have couch and couple of cardboard boxes which aren't exactly making typing easy for my back. And since my back is alreay an issue I have no plans for making it worse it already is.
Besides, at the moment the layout of the GUI is hardly an issue. There are lot of UI related work to be done before the actual sweet stuff on the cake. So I'd rather do something more productive...