Gadgets versus Widgets


It has been a very disruptive past little while.  For a long time now, I’ve used Google Desktop.  It’s been a spectacular performer and I had a few of my favourite Gadgets sitting in the Google Sidebar.  So, as I’m doing my regular work, I would get the regular stream of news from BBC, Reuters (I really enjoy Reuters Oddly Enough) and of course digg.

Then, for no obvious reason, they stopped working. 

Every time I’d go to add a new gadget, I’d get a message indicating that the gadget could not be registered and to check the manifest file.  Did all that, did the restore point, uninstalled and reinstalled a least half a dozen times.  Not only was it frustrating to see failure, but I was going without a news fix.  Ever been hooked on engadget and then have it go away? 

In a last ditch effort, I deleted it altogether and tried to go back to Vista’s Sidebar.  It was OK but I couldn’t find the functionality that I really wanted.

So, I decided to give Yahoo! Widgets another go.  It had been a while since I tinkered with them and you know what?  I’m really pleased with the results.  It’s a different way of looking at things.  Instead of sitting in a fixed sidebar, they just float.  I would periodically detach my Google gadgets but they always found themselves a home back on the side.

I think I’ll give this a shot and see how it works out.  I would be interested in hearing if others have had problems with Google Gadgets; there sure are lot of hits if you do a search for the error message but no solutions that have worked for me.

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