By Mark Kaelin
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.
Re How do I... Add and customize sidebar gadgets in Microsoft Windows Vista? The Blog & Download Links Are broken -
I like the Sidebar and some of the ingenious gadgets. Recently, I experienced a weird behaviour with the Vista sidebar. It just disappear from my desktop, and no matter how I try to rerun the program, it does not appear. There is no error message from the OS. My system is Centrino Duo with 2GB memory.
Be sure to install gadget that shows you ram and processor core usage. If you have a dual or quad core, it can look pretty impressive, and you can see the value to having the extra cores. Sometimes all 4 of the cores on my Intel Q6600 quad core are in action. I sure do love the quad processor, and it is nice to see the system parameters that can affect system performance. Right now I am using 1438 meg. of 3325 meg. available. For all it's failings, I sure do like Vista, and am sure that in the near future they may fix some of them. Nothing right now that keeps me from completing things that I want to do. Windows Defender is a Pain in the A**, but I guess that it is just trying to do it's job as Microsoft sees fit!!!!!!