This is the procedure to "Rebuild-the-Desktop" on OS 10.2.6
(might possibly also work on OSs between 10.2 and 10.2.6)
It won't work on earlier versions of OSX like OS-10.1, because the
files and directories use different names.
No harm should be done (I hope) - because all the files we are removing
here will be recreated by the OS when we do a restart.
Commercial utilities like "Tail" offer the option of removing all
the ".DS_Store" files for example, so removing these files should not
cause any disaster.
Any benefits noticed by rebuilding will be more pronounced in an