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Desktop grids are popular platforms for high throughput applications, but due their inherent resource volatility it is difficult to exploit them for applications that require rapid turnaround. Efficient desktop grid execution of short-lived applications is an attractive proposition and we claim that it is achievable via intelligent resource selection. We propose three general techniques for resource selection: resource prioritization, resource exclusion, and task duplication. We use these techniques to instantiate several scheduling heuristics. We evaluate these heuristics through trace-driven simulations of four representative desktop grid configurations. We find that ranking desk-top resources according to their clock rates, without taking into account their availability history, is surprisingly effective in practice. Our main result is that a heuristic that uses the appropriate combination of resource prioritization, resource exclusion, and task replication achieves performance within a factor of 1.7 of optimal.