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I just checked all of the top 10 retail websites (per internet retailer) and every one of them are set up for 1024. Buy.com (actually #24 on the list) was the mindblower for me, they are at 1280!
I'm staying at 1024, but I feel a little more comfortable there now...
If you are using a fixed-width site at 1024 pixels, I won't use it. I don't run my browser full-screen, and I don't do sideways-scrolling. The larger the screen resolution, the smaller the number of users running the browser window full screen. What's more, 800x600 is still above 40% usage for a general audience.
The only reasonable options available are fliud (the best) or a 780px absolute maximum if you decide to go fixed-width. Anything else, and you're losing visitors.
Thank goodness that we're finally starting to see 800x600 go away. We've been stuck with that tiny resolution for so long
I'm not so sure this is a good thing. Too many sites out there are stuffed to the point of distraction. I click away from sites all the time because the kneejerk filling of screen real estate is overwhelming. If a user can't see what they want in a glance (usually the glance you get while the page is still loading) many of them are gone without an eye-bat.
What's nice about 1024x768 is that it makes a nice 750px wide layout look very clean, with a nice buffer of empty background space on either side. But if it's an excuse to jam more c*ap onto the page, don't be surprised if usability drops off.