I find it amazing I put up with it so long, when I was using Windows. It seemed every time I went into my pictures folders, I'd have to change the view from slideshow to thumbnail. The desktop never stays ordered any sane way - I could rearrange it manually, and the icons would seem to randomly switch places whenever I restart, or I could auto-arrange, and they'd be in different places again when I restart. I hope someone from Redmond is reading your blog.I see the same thing on my system, but I thought it was just me. Specifically, it seems that choosing an order for my desktop icons when I'm docked (and have a larger monitor) doesn't apply to the icons when I'm undocked (and have the smaller laptop display.)
When they installed Windows on my laptop, I had a few default icons on my desktop. I immediately repositioned my most-commonly accessed icons so I could spot them more easily:
Interestingly, this only seems to work when I'm working at my desk, using my external monitor (1280x1024). If I boot the laptop using the internal display (like, when I'm at a meeting) my desktop icons move back to the left-hand side of the screen (1280x800). Worse than that, the icons completely change their order:
I never had these kinds of problems under Linux. With a Linux (GNOME) desktop, my desktop remains the same no matter what display I'm using. Sure, Linux may display your desktop differently if you use a different resolution monitor. But at least it all made sense! I understood that putting a desktop icon on the very right-hand side of my screen in 1024x768 mode meant the icon wouldn't really be on the extreme right edge when I booted in 1280x1024.
But with Windows, it appears you get a different desktop altogether when booting at different resolutions (for example, using an external monitor, or the laptop display.) My wallpaper preferences remain the same, but my icons move. This makes no sense. I am continually amazed at some of the weird stuff I find in Windows.