IF your are fascinated by the task pane in Mac OS X, there is an alternative for Windows users. The Object Dock is a Mac like panel where you can dock shortcuts as well as gadgets. You can also configure the Object Dock to show running windows on the Dock bar. It can be used as a substitute for Quick Launch as well as task bar, though not as informative as the task bar. There are a number of useful gadgets for the Object Dock, such as a clock or start menu gadgets. You can download the Dock and the gadgets free at www.stardock.com.