Today we came across a tool which allows you to texturize the Windows 7 taskbar. Taskbar Texturizer is a light-weight tool which offer 10+ textures but there is a small interesting story behind it.
An independent developer(named Brad) got frustrated because StartDock added the exact same feature in Windows Blinds 7 and was toting it as a “Major Feature”. But Brad actually coded it in 2002, so he quickly recompiled it, added the tray support, and released it for the public.
Please note that this tool only texturizes the taskbar of your system, it does not texturize the start menu but according to the developer, he will soon include start menu texturization as well.
Tabbed interfaces have become popular with time for a simple reason that they can present a lot of information without making you feel the ill effects of information overload. There are tabs in your browser, file manager, dialog boxes and other places. So why should the screen be left behind?
Stick is an application that lets you attach tabs to the sides of your screen so that you have a convenient tabbed desktop. The tabs can contain a wide variety of content ranging from contents of a folder to web pages to RSS feeds to Notes to a calendar or calculator.
Let’s have a look.
You can download stick from iWonderDesigns. The application is available as an installer as well as a portable version that you can run off your USB drive. When running for the first time, Stick prompts you start building a tabbed desktop by adding the tabs. Go ahead and create some that you would like. You can create 6 types of tabs:
Flickr’s website is functionally easy to use but it doesn’t offer an optimal viewing experience for browsing photos. Here on MakeUseOf, we have previously covered DestroyFlickr to use Flickr from your desktop. It has not been in active development for a year however, and a better alternative has come on the scene with some cool new features.
Flickroom is the new Adobe AIR kid on the block that will change the way you interact with Flickr. Flickroom lets you browse Flickr in a beautiful charcoal colored interface that is soothing to the eyes, allows easy photo uploads and downloads, gives you real-time notifications for comments and faves on your photostream, and more. The app is still in beta and new features are being added at a rapid pace.
Why is it that I always feel that my machine is plotting against me?
Yeah I know Windows will do that to you <Insert Switch To Apple or Linux Joke Here>.
There has been one little thing that has been bugging me since I started writing for MakeUseOf way back when. I take an insanely large amount of screenshots and manage images for my posts on a daily basis.
<BeginRant> So when I open my file open dialogue box it always tends to show me the same open file locations on the left bar. Some times it remembers the last place I browsed it over to and some times it doesn’t. There is no good rhyme or reason to why it does what it does.
Some programs like Outlook open the file box to a suitable folder – so why don’t they all? </EndRant> But what if I want to replace the links on the left with my most common folders?
Yeah there is a piece of software for that. Let’s help you make use of it. You can download the small 623kb file from here. It is compatible with Windows 2000 upwards, so that means XP, Vista and Seven friendly!
I have to admit, I’m a calendar addict. The only problem is that even though I’ve tried them all, including Yahoo Calendar and Google Calendar, I’ve yet to find one that I’ve decided to stick with and use every day.
My problem is the very reason I constantly look for new calendar applications – my mind is so filled with things to remember that I forget to check the calendar applications that I’ve installed. So it’s on to the next app, in hopes that it does a better job of reminding me to remember things. Alas, I believe I’ve finally found the solution, a very cool and free, transparent desktop calendar called iCalendar Lite.
Why do I love it? There are several reasons. First, it’s highly customizable. Second, it’s transparent (depending on how you configure it) so you can have it always in front of you no matter what you’re currently working on. Third, I really, really like how cool it looks.