Step 1: Boring
For this project I'm using Winamp and Irfanview. These are free for the taking at http://www.winamp.com and http://www.irfanview.com.
Winamp as most of you should know if a good (while bloated) MP3 player with a lot of chrome plating. Irfanview is a very good image viewing tool. I use both of these daily. Anywho... lets move on and get ride of the dull desktop.