Okay... I was just telling someone about the idea that I was blogging about. He asked if I had ever used Slickrun... I didn't know what it was, but I quickly found it through Google. I have had this installed for < 5 minutes and I already LOVE it!
I always have my taskbar running at 2 rows of height. But I have always hated that the space under the start button was unusable. Well -- no longer true.