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Free Disk Space Gadget

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Check out this free disk space gadget over at the Microsoft Gadget Gallery.  The meter lets you know instantly how much free space you've got on your hard disk.  As with any gadget you can add multiple instances of it to the Sidebar, which means you can monitor as many disks as you want.

Software developer?

Give your Vista apps a presence on the user's desktop by using Gadgets and Windows Sidebar in Vista.  It gives your user a new path into your app, and can help with monitoring, dashboarding and alerting when it comes to important functionality. 

Gadgets are basically small bits of Javascript, CSS and HTML which makes them extremely easy to build.  By using ActiveX you can do really powerful stuff like access the WMI which this gadget does in order to display the free disk space on your computer.

Of course, this is Vista, so Gadgets are secure - they only run in Standard user mode so they can't get up to mischief on the user's machine.

Learn more about developing Sidebar gadgets at the Gadget Builder Depot.

 

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  • I realize this is an old post but I just found out about this cool gadget.

  • Yeah it's a pretty cool gadget Vista geek, make sure you look at the online gallery - there's plenty more where that came from.

    James

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