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Gizmo’s, Gadgets, and Widgets Oh Bleh!

Call them what you want Gadgets, Widgets, Gizmo’s … but what they are is stupid.  I have not found a single gadget that is anything but annoying.  None of these little eye candy toys do a thing to enhance my computing experience.  On the contrary, they annoy me and eat up valuable computer resources that could be spent on more productive computing.  When I first installed Vista I think I played with it for 5 minutes then got bored. 

And why does Microsoft tout these as some revolutionary technology to bring us into the next century?  I remember downloading a program called Desktop Sidebar back in 2003 for XP.  This program did basically the same thing albeit not as graphically elite.  At the time it was a pretty cool thing … I think I had that installed for 5 days before growing tired of it. 

The Clock… yeah we have all seen the clock! 

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The CPU Meter… For some reason it reminds me of the racing game from back in the 80′s Pole Position.

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I will admit I have found one gadget out of the bunch that is actually fairly interesting at times Multi Meter (Dual Core) V1.24

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Well now that you know my position, how do the rest of you feel about “gadizmogets”?  Am I the only one who dislikes them?  Am I missing out on some that actually result in enhanced productivity?  What are some of your favorites?

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/31/07

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