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Desktop Sidebar

Desktop Sidebar is a way cool freeware utility. It has a huge number of highly customizable features (weather, time, web seraches, quick launch, performance monitors). It even integrates with Outlook to show your email messages, calendar, notes & tasks. And if that weren’t enough, it’s also an RSS News Reader. I already have it configured to read SfSignal’s news feed

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2 Comments on Desktop Sidebar

  1. Desktop Sidebar looks very nice but I think it’s a bit heavy for just looking at newsfeeds — I know you can do all those other things, but I already have other apps for that stuff. Plus, taking away desktop space makes Peter a grumpy developer. But I don’t want to get off on a rant on a very nicely done application.

    If you’re like me (and why wouldn’t you be…), you might want something a little more light-weight. For those of us that actually code using a REAL language like C/C++, (not that pretend language Java…), you would probably be using a REAL IDE like Visual Studio .NET … if so, try using this.

    It’s nicely integrated so you can switch over and look at your favorite SciFi Blog and switch right back to your work…

  2. Thankfully the Desktop Sidebar slides off the screen (like the taskbar does) and thus takes up no screen real-estate unless I want it to.

    Not that I’m sold on using it yet – but it does appear to be nicely done – and integrated with the new Outlook 2004 features even.

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