Five Free Alternatives to Kick Windows Sidebar to the Curb

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Scootiep

For some reason or another, I have never heard about Samurize. I love the look and am going to have to try this right after I get off work. Thanks a ton for the review guys!

To start press any key...ohh, where's the "Any" key. - Homer Simpson

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JohnP

 I have tried a bunch of different sidebars and for ease of use with stability, I still prefer Win7 gadgets. All CPU Meter and User Control and the Moon phase gadget is all I need. I would have a weather gadget but I have that with TrueLaunchBar (which is way better than a sidebar IMHO).

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Walnut

Anyone know the name of the Samurize config in the picture? I've been looking for it without any luck. It looks really neat.

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Emeraldflame

It is called Axiom.

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fry

More power to ya if you want to do some cool customizing, but calling the default Win7 sidebar a "resource hog" is a bit of an exaggeration.

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Xylogeist

Nice article. Samurize is nice, but I cant be bothered to make something with it, takes too much time and endurance XD

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MleB

You mention the Google product but then fail to include the Yahoo one? Looks a little like sponsorship favouritism to me.

Yahoo! Widgets / Konfabulator predates Google, Vista Widgets and even OSX's Desktop and you couldn't be bothered to test or mention it?

Hmm

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SEALBoy

Or maybe... Google Desktop is better than Yahoo! Widgets.

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MleB

Maybe. But this doesn't seem to be 'best of' review, but rather, 'what else is out there'.

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Erenox

You really can't make one of these without mentioning the best one of all -- Rainmeter. 

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jrocknyc

i remember trying that in XP last year and it not wanting to work reliably.

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kaseykrehbiel

I totally agree that the writer missed out on the best sidebar interface of all: Rainmeter.

Keep in mind, however, that there have been reports of people not getting Rainmeter to work quite right, or reliably. These issues have been researched and found to have been caused exclusively by the PICNIC virus. The only way to get rid of this virus is to put your computer back in the box it came in, write RETURN TO SENDER on it, and take it to the shipping store. All other attempts to mitigate this virus have failed.

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