Shortcut icons on Unity desktop

Noteworthy as Unity’s turn away from the desktop towards the launcher might be, I’m an old dog and like my screen crowded. The (manual) way to create a new desktop shortcut icon to an application is to create a shortcut file in the Desktop directory, i.e:

/home/george/Desktop/Firefox8.desktop

And the contents:

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Version=1.0
Name=Firefox 8.0.1
Comment=Firefox 8 for GWT
Type=Application
Exec=/home/george/bin/firefox-8.0.1/firefox -P gwt
Icon=/home/george/bin/firefox-8.0.1/chrome/icons/default/default48.png

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