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Simple utility (driver? service?) that hooks into explorer and keeps track of all the paths you click/run.../browse to on your system. As time progresses, stuff can be learnt from that:
- heavily used directories
- heavily used click paths
these can be made bigger in explorer itself, or bolder,
or used in any other, direct way. The mouse can be made to gravitate towards more heavily used paths. Windows dialogs (file open!) can learn from it (they can also differentiate based on what app is opening the dialog) so you don't have to browse between that two far-apart folders every time you use photoshop. And ofcourse, it's fun to visualise it like in Thinking Machine 4 (see link).
thinking machine 4
gallery and playable version of the thinking machine [moroder, Jan 17 2006]
||Your neural pathways and 'muscle memory' already make accessing familiar directories much, much quicker over time.
||Great, so when I get to my desk my coworkers will all be standing around looking at this gigantic icon that dominates my display, labeled "bakery".