Thanks go to Samuel Gibbs over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog for bringing HazeOver to my attention. HazeOver is a $.99 app from the Apple App Store that does one thing, but does it well. It dims non-active windows. You set the amount of dimming, from a mere 10% all the way to a very dark 90%. I don't know about anyone else, but on the occasions when I have a bunch of windows open, I have a tendency to inadvertently click beyond the menu bar and activate a window that I really don't want.
At 40%, this dims those background windows just enough that I don't do it. So simple. Better yet — Maxim Ananov, creator of this nifty utility is open to suggestions and feature requests from all users.
The only goofy thing I've found is that with DragThing running, it dims the desktop, even with no windows open. It appears that this will be addressed in a future update. My Easter egg desktop, as it looks with HazeOver and as it should look:
No comments about my cluttered desktop, please. It's stuff in progress that will be dealt with soon. I promise. Oh, and DragThing? It's the app/doc launcher/organizer that I have used for more years than I care to admit. Utilities come and utilities go, but DragThing is always present on my Macs.