Sunday, May 8, 2016

Desktop Gadgets....

I like desktop gadgets. I've never quite discovered the real reason why Microsoft decided to stop letting us use them, after Windows 7 made them so popular, and then gudgingly admitted that maybe they are OK again while we've been testing Windows 8, 8.1, and 10. As I've argued more than once, the same security programs that protect everything else in your computer will also be protecting the gadgets, and detecting any malware those may contain. So there must have been some other reason. Maybe Microsoft thought we were having too much fun with them, or they could make use of those resources to flog their own stuff. But whatever, they are back. They are back better than ever. And 8GadgetPack is where to get them. And you can find it here.

This is one of them. A "heads up display" of the time and date. You can choose the color of the text, and also the opacity. You can't change the size of text.

This is the matching weather gadget which goes with it. Unfortunately, the location codes needed to make it show your local weather were recently changed, and the gadget has not been updated to work with these new codes. I can't find any recent codes from BBC, Yahoo, or elsewhere which do work in it, and its own "Where In The World" ones no longer work.

I mention all this for two reasons:- (1.) I'd like it fixed; and (2.) I would also like someone to make a package of this "8gadgetpack" which would install and work in Linux Ubuntu and Mint 17.3. One of the missing things about Linux or Ubuntu is the lack of a good selection of useful gadgets for our desktops. These would be just as much fun and just as useful in Linux as in Windows. Will someone please try to find out if we can make this happen?


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