Samurize allows you to create a huge range of monitors that can
display everything from memory usage to available POP e-mails to
system uptime in highly configurable meters on your desktop. But
it’s not a set-and-forget-it program by any means, and it likely
best suited to techies and power users.
The app runs from the system tray. When you first start it,
right-click its icon, choose ‘Select Config File’ and choose the
Sample.ini config that comes with Samurize. While this sample is
relatively simple, at a minimum you’ll still want to read the
tutorial before you try to customize it or make your own.
If you do put in the time to learn its ins-and-outs, Samurize
allows you to create a huge range of meters for checking drive
space, memory usage, or laptop battery charge, for instance. You
can decide whether they display graphs, text, or bars, and choose
where they’ll sit on the desktop. You can also create or download
custom scripts for checking a server’s status, getting weather
reports, or pulling in RSS feeds.
There are plenty of already-made layouts and scripts available
from Samurize.com, but have a care when you try them. When I
downloaded one named MolD3v and tried to open it in Samurize, the
app crashed. It wouldn’t start back up again until I uninstalled
it, deleted its program folder (it leaves configs and some other
data behind), and reinstalled.
Samurize may be well suited to programmers and other major
techies willing to learn its foibles in exchange for being able to
create just-right monitors. That said, if you want desktop widgets
more suited to the average Joe you might try Google
Note: Samurize is free for personal use. For commercial
use, its makers require a $5 donation.