A while ago, I have been searching for Desktop Sidebar. I have sincefound a few types of desktop sidebar but I am reluctant to try out eachone. In addition, some of the sidebar might not have a wide range ofwidgets selection.
Here’s the list.
- Windows Vista Sidebar
- Google Desktop
- Yahoo! Widgets
- Dashboard Widgets
- Opera Widgets
- DesktopX Widgets
- Klipfolio Widgets
- AveDesk Widgets
- Adobe Air Widgets
- Samurize Widgets
WindowsVista Sidebar was the first one I used because it comes pre-installed.The choices of widgets that can be used as well as the customizationsare quite limited. Memory usage is high and increasing over the time.Eventually, I have to prevent it from startup.
Yahoo! Widgets,called Konfabulator previously, is the one that I have on my systemnow. It started running on the startup but I decided to remove it fromthere so that my system could start up faster. One thing I notice thatunlike Windows Vista Sidebar, each widgets has its own memory usagewhere Windows Vista Sidebar has only one no matter how many widgets youhave with it. Overall, Yahoo! Widgets is stable and offers a wide rangeof widgets to choose from. However, memory is still a problem.
Today,I have downloaded a portable version of Desktop Sidebar. I like the wayit can be customized and the widgets can be docked and undocked aswell. I will try it out at home later to see whether it will slow downmy system. The best thing is that I don’t have to install the program.If I don’t like it, I can just delete to folder.
Widgipedia - A site which offers a wide range of widgets for desktop sidebar as well as web widgets.
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