It’s no secret — I really don’t like gadgets on my desktop; however, I frequently see people using them. So, I thought I’d give some a try (I tried at least 100) and here are the 10 most useful gadgets I found.
Have any gadgets you can’t live without? Let us know about them in the comments.
Here’s a list I put together for Windows Vista
I’m not sure how much of an explanation this gadgets needs. Simply put, this gadget tells you how long your PC has been running. There are a number of ways to tell uptime but this is a simple way to do so.
From the download page:
If you’re like me, you like keeping up with what’s going on security-wise on the Internet. One good place to go that’s an overall “barometer” of Internet-wide security issues is Internet Security Systems. They even have a four-level Internet threat level meter (they call it “AlertCon”) that immediately alerts visitors to their page if there is some type of large-scale worm or virus infestation (think “I Love You” or “Anna Kournikova”) or other such network-disrupting activity.This gadget displays the current AlertCon status at the Internet Security Systems website (www.iss.net). The status will auto-refresh every sixty minutes.
If you’re using a laptop, you may want to use a battery gadget to keep an eye on battery life (not that I’d run gadgets, on battery, unless I really had to.) This gadget will give you an iPhone-style battery meter or you can choose from any of the battery styles show below:
Want detailed information on your computer? Look no further than Notebook Info. Find out information about your system’s components, battery life, WiFi signal, system date, and more:
Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor
If you’re looking for Wi-Fi connections, xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor will do the hard work for you and find wireless networks for you to connect to (useful in airports on when looking for a cafe with Wi-Fi.)
Traffic by Bing Maps
Going on a trip? Need to know a good time to leave the office and beat/avoid traffic? Traffic by Bing Maps keeps you updated on local traffic and helps you avoid sitting in a jam on your commute/trip.
If you want simple, yet detailed information on current and future weather, consider using the WeatherBug to tell you what’s going on with the weather before you make big plans.
Speed test is used to provide current CPU/RAM utilization on your PC. This is useful in identifying spikes in computer usage and will help you track down any programs that have CPU or memory leaks.
If you want a quick search engine to use, you should consider All Search. You may need to wear sunglasses to look directly at the search box, but once you’ve protected your eyes from the rainbow, you can search using your favorite search engines and search your favorite sites in no time.
What gadgets did I miss? Let us know in the comments.