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Windows 7: Gadgets - Useful or just "Geeky Toys"

19 Apr 2009   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
Gadgets - Useful or just "Geeky Toys"

Hi all

I tend to like "Uncluttered Desktops" so just a query here -- can Gadgets actually be useful or are they merely "Geeky Toys" which get in the way on your desktop.

I've seen all sorts of stuff from ZILLIONS of different types of clocks ("ad nauseam" - how many ways are there to tell the time anyway and who cares what the phases of the moon are in Outer Mongolia) to those HORRIBLE little yellow post it type noteboxes -- looks sloppy enough when you see these stuck all over a REAL terminal never mind on your screen as well.

It might be nice Eye candy to see what the current price of "Brent Crude or Saudi Light Sweet" (Oil futures etc) or the FTSE 100 stock exchange index is but this public domain data which is always at least 15 mins behind the real time data -- if you were a genuine trader you'd have the correct software in REAL TIME for this anyway.

So are there actually any USEFUL functioning gadgets out there are are these just clever devices designed by Microsoft and others for eating up yet more CPU cycles -- so you can justify another hardware upgrade.

(I just LOVE conspiracy theories)

If you like these then so be it -- but I've yet to see one that actually ENHANCES my use of a computer.

As I said good luck if you DO use these but if you are running a load of "Normal" applications" you won't see much of your desktop anyway so I really can't see the point. If you do have time to watch these things on a desktop then perhaps you have too much time on your hands.

Urgent messages can always popup via Instant Messenger (or similar).

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19 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

There are some genuinely useful gadgets such as the sevenforums one (cough), but I dont have them on all the time.
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19 Apr 2009   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

WiFi Gadget on a laptop and thats it.
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19 Apr 2009   #4


I keep a couple of them (about 6 TBH) running most times, but I also know how *and when* to kill off the gadgets.

I keep a clock, Alarm, System meter, Battery meter (to monitor my APC 1500VA UPS), Sysinfo, Moon Phase, another system info and a currency rate monitor running...
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19 Apr 2009   #5

Win7 x64 7232 // XP x86 SP3

To me they're just geeky toys. I don't use any gadget, and my desktop has like 5 icons on it and most of the time I'm running other full-screen apps like browser, game, and media player, so pretty much the only time I see the desktop is at startup. I looked at the desktop thread and I don't see the point of some of the gadgets in there...

- Clock: there's already one at the bottom right corner... Why need another?
- Weather: I do check weather before going out, and I go to to have a glance. That's it.
- CPU/RAM/GPU/network usage monitors: Again what's the point... If you've OC'ed and tested the system to be stable under the heaviest load, why do you need to know what MHz or temp it's running at?

Gotta admit though, I did like to look at system status as it was working, oh some 10 years ago. Anyone remember the system monitor thing in Norton with a bunch of clocks and gauges?
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19 Apr 2009   #6

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
There are some genuinely useful gadgets such as the sevenforums one (cough), but I dont have them on all the time.

I think the SevenForums Gadget is great.

Anybody find a wife / mistress juggler gadget ?
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19 Apr 2009   #7
Alan Wake

Windows Vista/7

I like some of gadgets, but my screen (19'', 1280x1024) is not that big to play around with them. They just take too much of my precious desktop space in this configuration. I will have to wait for bigger screen
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19 Apr 2009   #8

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook

I use gadgets, I have the Weatherbug gadget (gives me severe weather warnings). I like in Oklahoma, so it's useful.
The outlook reminder gadget & Date/time with a calendar on it.
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19 Apr 2009   #9

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by McBlzr View Post
I think the SevenForums Gadget is great.

Anybody find a wife / mistress juggler gadget ?
Maybe a Real time "Wife shopping mood" gadget -- then I'd know when to escape -- apart from Cars and electronic toys I just HATE shopping.

I've run out of "Car doesn't work" type excuses now to avoid the trek to the supermarket.

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19 Apr 2009   #10
black dog

7068 64 bit + XP Pro

I have no use for them, and consider they look more gimmicky than Geeky, but if people like to use them, for whatever reason, why not.
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