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Do you use Windows Sidebar?

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    sysrpl

    Just a quick poll:

    Do you use Windows Sidebar?

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    What Windows Sidebar Gadgets do you use?

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    Royal​Schrubber

    Two clocks, CPU meter, network monitor and Windows Search indexer monitor.

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    ryanb

    Gadgets are a waste of resources.  Besides, it's almost always covered up anyway.

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    Blue Ink

    Technically, there's no Windows Sidebar in W7. But I regularly use a couple of gadgets, if that was the question.

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    blowdart

    , Blue Ink wrote

    Technically, there's no Windows Sidebar in W7. But I regularly use a couple of gadgets, if that was the question.

    Sure there is - look at the processes running - sidebar.exe Smiley

    I have a traffic map for the roads around MS, and then 3 clocks, 5 temperature gadgets,

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    Sven Groot

    I have two weather gadgets, a clock, and a CPU monitor.

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    W3bbo

    I like to keep as few things open as possible, I view 'system monitoring' gadgets as being a tad pointless: modern computers should not need monitoring by design.

    If there's 'widget-sized' information I need like unread email count, the current weather, or upcoming calendar appointments I've got my docked iPhone for that.

    In a way, Vista's 'sidebar' concept makes more sense from a usability perspective, but to me it's all just a gimmick. The sidebar gadgets are just a really poor version of OS X's Dashboard (which does the job properly): they're not the prettiest, there's barely any animation effects, they don't scale, etc.

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    Proton2

    I wanted to make a sidebar gadget with C#, but I couldn't, so I didn't bother.

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    vesuvius

    I use the weather gadget on my phone, and realised a few weeks ago that I always look at the bottom right hand corner to view the time so a clock gadet was pointless.

    They do make your desktop look attractive though if you have a dual monitor set-up

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    Bas

    I use a gadget that tells me which trash to put out for collection next morning.

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    Zeus

    5 weather gadgets, Gmail calendar gadget and a Remember the Milk gadget.

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    Blue Ink

    @blowdart: Yes, of course. But considering how it's no longer on a side and not much of a bar, I'm all for the new name as it's way more descriptive Smiley

     

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    magicalclick

    CPU + RAM,

    RSS Photo Slideshow (I subscribe dailypuppy and use it to get cute puppies on my desktop.)

    Bing Traffic

    Temperature.

    (Remove Stock, because I own some stock and I totally  don't want to see it up and down. Too scray. )

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    CaRDiaK

    Currently running Metro home, a nice WP7 style clock / weather gadget and Notes.

    That's it.

    We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.
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    littleguru

    I was never a huge fan of widgets. I don't know I really like a lean and mean desktop...

    But I love the strategy of a friend of mine when it comes to clean up the desktop. He uses a folder that he calls "Old desktop" and drags everything in that folder. Whatever he needs he drags back out. And then he created another "Old desktop" folder and does the same stuff again. He has like 50 nest "Old Desktop" on his desktop.

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    magicalclick

    @littleguru:

    ??? I am lost. What is he trying to do?

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    CaRDiaK

    @littleguru: Check out Stardock's fences app... You can group items on your desktop into fences, also, if you double click blank area on your desktop, you hide everything you haven't told it to hide. I think its a cool and useful application.

    http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/

    We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.
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    contextfree`

    @sysrpl: I run a weather gadget and a CPU meter gadget, though I'm not especially attached to them.

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