The free program Amnesty Generator lets you take a gadget you find
on the Web, and magically transform it into a gadget that can live
on the Windows Vista sidebar. You won’t have to know a lick of code
to do it; all that’s needed is the ability to click a few buttons,
and to cut and paste.
Install the program. Then, when you come across a Web gadget
you’d like to turn into a Vista gadget, you click a few buttons to
display the underlying HTML code for the gadget. Then you copy and
paste that code into Amnesty Generator, change a few settings if
you wish (such as the name of the gadget or size of the gadget),
and tell Amnesty Generator to turn it into a Windows Vista gadget.
The gadget will appear in the Windows Vista Gadget Gallery; from
there you can move it to the Sidebar. It will work just like any
other Windows Vista gadget.
Not every gadget you find on the Web will be able to be
converted and run properly. But there’s no way to know ahead of
time which will work and which won’t, so you’ll have to find out by
trial and error.