After much frustration searching for a light and stable but quirky (a few bug you have to learn to work around) WM that addresses the fundamental short comings of the usual candidates I think I may have found it.
It still has some things I need to over come. Stuff I want but it seems the nearest thing I've found so far.
You can find it here http://nickgravgaard.com/windowlab/ and I recommend you read the page as it has a very good explanation of the rational
I would improve it by adding a clock on the active window.
# make sure each line ends in LF not CRLF!
Edit menu:adie /home/user/.windowlab/windowlab.menurc
About:windowlab -about | xmessage -file -
Reload:pkill -HUP windowlab
cplay:xterm -e cplay
ranger:xterm -e ranger
Alt+"push/drag" on the edges of the active window to resize
Alt+F11 for full screen
Alt+F12 send active window down the stack
Alt+Tab scroll back
Alt+q scroll forewords
I'm getting a few crashes/freezes opening applications with multiple windows. Gmplayer crashes windowlab as does bashrun2. I really hope there is a fix as it's the dogs danglies when it comes to usage.