Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Eve Online SKillwatch Update

The Eve Online Skillwatch gadget has kindly been updated by a user, it has the following changes:


  • The gadget will automatically update it's skill list if it comes across a skill it doesn't know.  
  • There is a server online/offline/starting up notification. 
  • A tweak to get the gadget to stop showing a white, instead of transparent, background it sometimes did after the update to IE 9


Get it here

Friday, 9 December 2011

Sidebar Gadgets Download Links

As some of you may be aware, the Windows Live Gallery has now shut it doors and taken most of the gadgets offline. Below are download links for some of my more popular gadgets. Please note, all but Server Ping are no longer maintained.

Server Ping

Eve Online

Now Playing

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Eve Online SkillWatch 1.7 Update

Even Online SkillWatch has had a small update to support the skills added by the "Tyrranis” update.


Download Here


P.S. Would people be interested in a Windows Phone 7 App to allow skill monitoring like the gadget? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Now Playing + iTunes Issues

Sometimes when iTunes update their software it can break compatibility with the Now Playing gadget for some users but not all.

A user of the gadget, “pancheto”, found a good link for dealing with this issue.

If you’re unable to use the Now Playing gadget after updating iTunes please try the following link:


Thursday, 20 August 2009

Now Playing + Amazon Art Fetching

As some of you may have noticed the Now Playing gadget has now stopped fetching album art from Amazon. This is due to a change in Amazon’s API a week ago. They now request that all calls to their API be encrypted so any API calls the gadget makes fail.

Unfortunately I don’t have the time to fix this problem so this post is really just a notification to let people know what’s happening.

If anyone feels like fixing the issue feel free and I’ll be happy to credit you and push it out as an update.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Server Ping 1.44

A very small update to fix an issue with Windows 7 where the gadget would appear off the screen when opened.

Server Ping Download

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Now Playing 4.05


The gadgets had a few tweaks, since it’s last release a year ago,most of which I have forgotten. A few of the tweaks help improve some issues with Windows 7. If you change the zoom level though there will be a pink fringe and I haven’t found a way to fix that yet.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Windows 7 + Gadgets


The first thing most users will notice when upgrading to Windows 7 is that the Sidebar is no longer present and has instead be replaced by dockable areas on all edges of the screen. The only downside to this is it means gadget’s wont automatically re-sort themselves if one is removed or one changes height which can be annoying. This also means that gadgets don’t detect when they’ve been removed from the dock area, therefore all gadgets are in their docked state by default. There’s now a little icon which you can click to make the gadget increase in size to its undocked state.

Currently as far as Gadgets go, there’s not many improvements, memory management has been improved and some of the 50+ long list of bugs have been fixed, but I’ve found two that  have been introduced (and possibly now fixed in a later build).

For the developers:

The first is that if you have a <g background> tag and you don’t set the width or height then it won’t be seen. In Vista there was a default width and height of 100% but this is not the case in Windows 7 so many gadgets which left that out may be missing a background or have some sort of pink fringing.

The second is that if you set the charset of a gadget in a meta tag in the HTML this will break the gadget. Yep, if you put a tag in that does nothing, it will break the gadget. Even weirder is that if you put in an invalid character set, say ‘blah’ then it won’t break. So it’s actually checking if you defined a valid character set and then breaking. And by break, I mean the code will error and not continue so the gadget won’t load properly.

And for the users:

I’ve submitted both these bugs and both have been marked as fixed so we’ll see what happens in later builds. For me the only important gadget this broke was the National Rail gadget, I’ve emailed the dev and they’ve forwarded a fixed version to national rail I believe so we’ll have to wit and see if they update it or Msoft fixes this issue. It’s an easy fix but I can’t post it here without getting in trouble.

One area that could be promising is the new Sensor API. The weather gadget has been updated to support location sensors so it’s possible other gadgets might be able to access sensor data so like an ebay gadget could only show listings within a certain range of your current location.

Overall there’s not much change which is a shame as there’s a lot of little things that could have made a big different like flyouts that stay open for example, or larger settings pages.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Drive Info – Windows 7 fix

A while back I fixed a memory leak in the popular Drive Info gadget, recently I found out the gadget doesn’t work on Windows 7 either so I’ve now updated it again to make it Win7 compatible.

Download it

Original DriveInfo


Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Amazon Sidebar Tool

Amazon Sidebar Tool is a new gadget release that integrates with Amazon to allow you to search for items, view details, view their pictures, add them to the cart, and then purchase that cart direct from Amazon all right from your sidebar. The idea is to have an Amazon search bar waiting in your sidebar for when you want to check on an item. When you have something to search for, simply type it in and hit enter and the gadget will grow to full size and display all the search results. You can hover over an item to view more details or double click to open a flyout with loads of information about the item including reviews, a list of sellers and a picture browser.

It basically has everything you could ever want from an Amazon search gadget, way better than all those basic search box gadgets that seem to be cluttering up the Live Gallery lately.

If you have any suggestions or issues please leave a comment below or check out the forums.


  • Search and view items with detailed overviews, image gallery and reviews
  • View marketplace sellers for each item and add any seller's item to the cart
  • Buy items in your cart from the Amazon Website
  • Supports Amazon USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France and Japan
  • Choose individual search categories and sorting methods for search
  • Amazon Sidebar Tool resizes to your liking, just grab the bottom-right corner
  • Double-click the Gadget frame to toggle mini-search mode

amazon scr hover

amazon scr flyout cart


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Friday, 15 August 2008

Server Ping Update

Server Ping Pro has been updated once again to version 1.95 now with an audible alarm when a servers ping response time falls below the Orange threshold or the server fails. I've also right-aligned all the ping times (when you're not using the LED mode) to make the gadget look nicer.

All current users of Server Ping Pro will be emailed the new update shortly.

 Purchase Server Ping Pro


Sunday, 27 July 2008

Now Playing 4.04 (beta)


This version is for people who have trouble with iTunes or Foobar not updating. I've changed a few things in the code that may or may not help, unfortunately as I can't reproduce this issue it's difficult to fix it. If you still have trouble, in the settings there's a new option "Enable failsafe". This option will refresh the gadget every 30 seconds and check if the track has changed manually.

Let me know how things go and report any problems in the comments below.

My T-Mobile gadget updated

I've just released a small update to the My-Tmobile gadget that shows you your remaining FlexT allowance. The update fixes the gadget after T-Mobile changed a few things on their website.


Friday, 18 July 2008

Server Ping Updates

I've just released an update to Server Ping (1.43) to fix the issue with some locales who were unable to enter IP addresses and could only ping server names/domains. Download the update to fix this issue.

Also, I quietly released an update to Server Ping Pro (1.8) a few days ago to add support for different thresholds for Green and Orange LEDs showing how long the server takes to respond to pings. To get the update simply re-download Server Ping Pro from the link in the email I sent you.

Server Ping Download

Server Ping Pro

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Now Playing + iTunes 7.7

I've been receiving reports lately from users saying they're having trouble getting the Now Playing gadget to recognise songs they're playing in the new iTunes. I've personally tested NP on my laptop (which has never had iTunes installed before) and it works fine. If anyone else has iTunes 7.7 working with Now Playing could you drop a comment to let me know.

If users are still having trouble I recommend repairing or uninstalling/re-installing your iTunes installation as this has fixed issues in the past when other iTunes updates appear to have broken compatibility with the gadget