New Windows 7 Sidebar Gadget for your desktop

Ever wish you could have a small window on your desktop that displays the current weather conditions and a view of the sky in Didsbury Alberta?

Your wish has been granted!  If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, just download the Windows Sidebar gadget and install. That is it!

NEW UPDATED VERSION 2 – Download here: http://weather.bluevistaventures.ca/gadget/DidsburyWX-V2.gadget
Version 2 posted October 4, 2012.  See below how to uninstall previous version.

 

To make this happen, I get a bit of help from Weather Underground to provide the weather webpage “sticker” and David Ryan (who created the original desktop gadget).  I then completely modified the gadget so it automatically connects to my weather station.  Current weather data and skycam are supplied and copyright by BlueVista Ventures.

Can you trust the download? Yes, I’ve checked over the code that makes up the gadget and it was all clean.  Therefore, it was safe for me to use and modify.  You can view the contents of the gadget download by renaming the download file to DidsburyWX.zip and then open the file and view the files within it.  Disclaimer: But I still need to state that I hold no responsibility if it causes any problems to your computer and you need to use it at your own risk.

 

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Click on the download link and select Open or Run.  You can also Save to your computer and double click the download file:
  2. Select Install when asked:
  3. The new Weather SideBar will appear on your desktop.
  4. After it is installed, if you close it by accident or it doesn’t open automatically, just run the “Desktop Gadget Gallery” under the Start Menu.  The SideBar gadget is called DidsburyWeatherDesktop, just double click it from the Sidebar windows
  5. If you wish to move the gadget on your screen, just hover the mouse over the top right corner of the gadget and click and drag the dotted box (see image).
  6. To close, click the X.  The wrench has no configuration changes, unless you wish to display a different webpage. Resizing doesn’t affect the weather gadget size.
  7. If you wish to uninstall it, go back to the Desktop Gadget Gallery and right click the gadget and select uninstall.

Enjoy!

 

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