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    Gadgets

    Fred Langa advises us not to use gadgets - and I can understand why from a security point-of-view. However, I rely on having my Clock and Calender in the top corner of my screens as I'm constantly referring to them. Can anyone suggest an alternative for these gadgets which is unobtrusive and can run under both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1?

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    Be sure to vet any 3rd party source claiming to have gadgets. Summer safe, summer not. Windows 7 Gadget link still works, I have it if you don't have it. Windows 8 -- dunno.
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    I'm aware of that. I'm running gadgets on both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 at present. My point is that Fred Langa says they are very unsafe from a security view-point. What I'm wanting to know is what can they be replaced with which will sit on my desktop and is both unobtrusive and safe (I don't consider what used to be called Metro apps to be unobtrusive).

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    Tony! Miss-understood your question; got it now. While this still applies: vet any 3rd party source w/gadgets.
    -- what such things can be replaced with...somewhat earlier, I had some potentially helpful places, have to go look after school, if find 'em, will give you the links.
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    I have a CPU/RAM usage gadget installed from Microsoft's own repository back when they still offered Windows Gadgets. How could this represent a security threat?

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    Jorge, from what I remember elsewhere - the gadgets themselves pose no problems; it's that gadget operations include having a portal to the outside world [well, some gadgets but not all gadgets!], that portal could be exploited. I use gadgets at home. Shofar, so good!
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    Fred Langa says yes in his latest Langalist Plus (Newsletter Issue 476); and I don't expect Gadgets will be available or run under Windows 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Jorge, from what I remember elsewhere - the gadgets themselves pose no problems; it's that gadget operations include having a portal to the outside world [well, some gadgets but not all gadgets!], that portal could be exploited. I use gadgets at home. Shofar, so good!
    Yeah, that jibes with how I view it. If you're using a gadget that merely displays info that it reads off your own PC, it's not clear how that could be a problem.

    I find that CPU/RAM gadget especially useful because it shows me visually if there's an unusual amount of capacity being used. Then I can go into Task Manager and try to figure out what's going on.

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    The only one that I use is the Power Meter so that I know the constant info for my UPS.

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    Lumpy, which icon within built-in Gadgets is Power Meter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Lumpy, which icon within built-in Gadgets is Power Meter?
    It's just called Power Meter on the bottom row, left side of desktop gadgets

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    I don't have it
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    Here is what I have for gadgets on win 7 x64
    Gadgets.PNG

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    Rainmeter? various skins. Yes, Gadgets are a security fail and were discontinued by MS.

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