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Old 01-17-2008, 12:46 AM   #1
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Desktop Widgets

I've been looking into desktop widgets, those little programs that run right on your desktop, but I have some questions. They all seem somewhat useless to me (like a clock for example, when you already have one down on the taskbar...); why do they seem kinda popular?

What widgets do you use? Convince me that there are some widgets out there that I should be using.


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Old 01-17-2008, 10:30 AM   #2
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Most of them are utterly useless, and steal resources. I mean, not like just the resources they would need, but somehow always so much that it causes noticeable lags of the system. Without all those bells and whistles computers would be twice as fast.


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Old 01-17-2008, 11:31 AM   #3
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My desktop has far too many items on it to accommodate widgets. Plus even if I did tidy my desktop up, I typically have far too many windows open to ever make use of anything there.

Instead I write my own System Tray Applications. I have a "phone-list extension checker" that reads my company's phone list, a "virtual thermometer" that displays the current value from a thermometer on the roof, and a "Lucasforums Monitor" to keep an eye on the health of the forums and certain people.


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Old 01-17-2008, 01:43 PM   #4
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Meh, I have a little photo slideshow thing that I run in the corner of my screen sometimes. It's a nice little addition that has no real impact on the function of my system and it keeps me distracted enough to focus enough on what I'm doing.


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Old 01-18-2008, 09:02 AM   #5
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vista has sidebar 'gadgets' which are the same thing. The ones I used were for remote desktop connections, performance monitors(CPU/RAM/Network) and ebay monitoring. I dont use them much now, just occasionallty the RDC

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Old 01-19-2008, 07:07 PM   #6
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I use performance monitors to keep check on my CPU temp as it's quite old and overclocked so it can run hot sometimes...

I've also got a nifty taskbar at the top of my screen with my most used proggies and folders in it just because it looks sexier than windows desktop icons.



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Old 01-21-2008, 11:56 PM   #7
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Hmm, so I guess widgets are as useless as I thought. Thanks for the input, guys!

Do any of you use any other desktop enhancements (like Window Blinds, for example)?


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Old 01-22-2008, 02:31 AM   #8
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Do any of you use any other desktop enhancements (like Window Blinds, for example)?
I use the classic modified uxtheme.dll file to install 3rd party Visual Styles directly. Don't like programs just to change the way my system looks.

Give me the modded uxtheme.dll and Luna Element 5.1 and I'm teh happeh.


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I use the classic modified uxtheme.dll file to install 3rd party Visual Styles directly. Don't like programs just to change the way my system looks.

Give me the modded uxtheme.dll and Luna Element 5.1 and I'm the happeh.
yeah, the official MS zune theme is also nice for those wanting a change, but not wanting to fiddle with 3rd party stuff. Its a nice dark theme, with an orange start button, once you get rid of the lame wallie it comes with, it looks purrty - I always use it on the xp side of my dualboot - im so sick of the blue luna theme....ugh!



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Old 01-22-2008, 03:55 PM   #10
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I use a couple of widgits for D and D to calculate xp and ECL. Nothing fancy but it's fun to have little things around when you need them.


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Do any of you use any other desktop enhancements (like Window Blinds, for example)?
WindowBlinds isn't free, so it's poo...

For WinXP only:

Vista CG, what I'm using right now, very light, looks good and stable as a mountain goat

Bricopacks, these are great too



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