Dexter, you're thinking of little things like calenders and different icons and such, right? 'Cause there are a lot of little programs that will do stuff, but most of them aren't worth it. If you really want something cool, try the active desktop tutorial and design something yourself.
Otherwise, like Octopus mentioned, there are shells like Litestep and Geoshell, which will really change things, including the start menu, but those are a bit trickier.
I am a desktop object freaqk ---> not sure if that's good or bad
I use Starkdock's Object Desktop and all of the programs included in the suite - WindowBlinds, DesktopX, IconPackager, WinStyles, ObjectBar, WinStyles and a couple more.
I have created some of the wildest desktops ever....
I hope this helps.... www.stardock.com www.wincustomize.com
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS