Friday, 1 April 2011

Windows 7 Gadgets (Official)

Hey Guys,

Something I'm sure a lot of us are used to seeing is the Windows 7 sidebar gadgets - Clocks, calendars, weather, it's all pretty standard. To be fair, the vast majority of the gadgets available are pretty standard! 

Some however, are useful to those of us who would rather stick to the utilities provided by windows:


"With this All CPU Meter you can display your Processor usage (Twenty Four Core, Sixteen Core, Twelve Core, Eight Core, Six Core, Quad Core, Triple Core, Dual Core or Single Core), Cores temperatures and RAM usage."

The CPU monitors that come with Windows 7 are just awful. They look like Turbo gauges, and only measure the usage of a single core - In an age of dual core, this is a ridiculous limitation, so this little gadget gets rid of that issue - Doesn't look bad either!

Check out Network Meter if you want to measure wired/wireless usage too!

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You know what - I've gotten this far through my post and realized - Windows Live gadgets suck. Badly. They do not have the continuing support that for instance, Firefox add-ons boast

So, feel free to take a look through the list here, but don't keep your hopes up... Yuck, feel sick even after writing this.

Protip: Get Rainmeter.... Just... Do it, please, for your own sake!!

Till next time,

Mike.

39 comments:

  1. those meters are helpful, i installed an extra gig of ram because i saw how much my pc was using before

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  2. I pretty much have instantly lobotomized the Windows sidebar on both Vista and 7 when I got them. It's a terrible idea and a waste of energy in an age of minimalism.

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  3. I'm thinking about getting Windows because I want to start gambling online, definitely going to check back with you and see useful tools to add to my Windows arsenal!

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  4. I just installed Windows 7 a while back, and have been looking for other applications to use besides Rainmeter. Followed.

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  5. Hm Im going to put this up so I can monitor my cpu!

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  6. Rainmeter looks a lot better than the gadgets IMO, and you can pick and choose what all you want displayed. I tried a few windows 7 gadgets before, but i never stuck with em. Thats more of a personal preference thing though.

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  7. Mike is 100% right. Just get rainmeter. Don't even bother with the BS windows 7 widgets and crap.

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  8. in my experience widgets SUCK and only drain cpu usage like crazy

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  9. Okay, time to get some new gadgets. Thanks for sharing this.

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  10. Haha I have this shitty widget already... :O
    I'll look into rainmeter. thanks for the heads up! will keep reading this blog if you keep dispelling pearls of wisdom like this! haha

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  11. Actually already picked that up. Thanks for the info, none the less.

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  12. Urgh, Windows 7 gadgets? No thanks.
    Rainmeter is what I use and I'm definatly sticking with it. It's great being able to modify any scripts you download to meet your own needs!

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  13. Too bad i still have vista ;/

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  14. Nice tip but I hate using gadgets like that, they clutter the screen up.

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  15. speedfan gadget is the best !
    i've got all my temperatures in one place

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  16. i think i need windows 7 before rainmeter lol!

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  17. I totally don't take advantage of all the features windows 7 has, thanks for the tip.

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  18. Ive always been happier using 3rd party desktop widgets or gadgets, suck as Kongregate

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  19. I´m still stuck with Vista...Windows 7 does sound way better.

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  20. I admit I'm still using XP ! lawl!

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  21. Depending on what your obviously running and using Windows 7 for / the PC in general..
    But i choose not to use widgets of any type because hindering performance factor, especially if your running more than 2

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  22. That meter looks really helpful.

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  23. I will now get rainmeter! Thank you!

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  24. Not too impressed. Network usage? Wireshark > All.

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  25. Hi Chris - Thanks for not reading the entire post

    Regards,

    Mike.

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  26. Thanks you. I ´ll tell you what I have done. I pretty much have instantly lobotomized the Windows sidebar on both Vista and 7 when I got them. It's a terrible idea and a waste of energy in an age of minimalism

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  27. I have a lot of friends that use rainmeter. They swear by it and say that it's easy to use and quite customizable. I'll have to give it a try

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  28. I'm getting a new Windows 7 comp next week. Definitely gonna implement this!

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  29. Heard of it, never bothered to. Might give rainmeter a try now :)

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  30. Love the blog! so interesting :D following and supporting!

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  31. I've been a little hesitent to use win 7 gadgets because of how bad they made vista.

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