Wednesday, October 23, 2013
On my old Vista, I had "widgets" on the sidebar. A nice big analog clock, a calendar showing the whole month, gauges showing CPU and storage utilization, and two weather doohickies showing the temperature and conditions for both houses.
I loved them. Glanced at them all the time.
Microsoft got rid of them in Windows 8, ostensibly because they presented a security threat, but the forum consensus is that Microsoft wanted people to use those stupid cluttering apps. The ones you can't see when you're on the desktop.
So, I searched, and found several free widget programs. Again, the consensus is that the best and safest is from http://8gadgetpack.net/.
Installation was quick and easy. I got everything I needed, including two small weather gadgets, the ones that show temperature and atmospheric conditions.
Then I clicked on "options" to set the weather gadgets to my locales. The one for the city house was easy.
The country house was weird.
I asked it to search for Red Hook, NY, 12571 (that's a village upstate, near Rhinebeck, not the old dock area of Brooklyn, and what I had been using on Vista as being close to the country house).
It told me it couldn't find a weather station for Red Hook, but offered me Slingerlands as the closest. Slingerlands is way the heck up by Albany. Duh? Not even close!
So I shrugged and asked for Milan, NY, which is close and is in the same zip code as Red Hook, and has an airport, so I know there's a weather station there.
It said it couldn't find Milan, but offered me Red Hook as the closest. Duh?
I don't understand.
But at any rate, my widgets are all set up, and I'm happy.