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    Microsoft urges death of Windows gadgets as researchers plan disclosur


    Microsoft urges death of Windows gadgets as researchers plan disclosures

    Reacts to upcoming revelations of gadget vulnerabilities at Black Hat by offering tool that kills feature in Vista, Windows 7

    By Gregg Keizer
    July 11, 2012 06:42 AM ET

    Computerworld - Just two weeks before researchers are to disclose bugs in Windows "gadgets" at Black Hat, Microsoft acknowledged unspecified security vulnerabilities in the small pieces of software supported by Vista and Windows 7.

    To deal with the vulnerabilities, Microsoft has provided a way to cripple all gadgets and disable the "sidebar" engine that runs them.


    Find out more.. Microsoft urges death of Windows gadgets as researchers plan disclosures - Computerworld

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    I don't use them at all.

    Bit disappointing for those who love their gadgets.
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    Another great article share, Nelson!

    In 7 I use a total of 5 gadgets. Weather, CPU Meter (with temps), Network Meter, Calendar, World Clock. I use the second 2 in 8, but have noticed they eat up more RAM in 8 than in 7. Use less gadgets in 8 because of live tiles and there info.

    After reading the article, I'll consider uninstalling. My BIOS is configured to shut down if CPUs overheat. Nice to know what they run at, though. Would anyone know of some other program to watch temps?

    I wonder why M$ doesn't release particulars on vulnerabilities? Perhaps it would teach hackers how to hack through gadgets. Fn hackers! Get a life! I have a feeling getting through the firewall somehow?
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    Never had a problem with the couple I use.

    Not gonna panic now.

    Computer is secured.

    They can stay.
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    Anything Microsoft can do to kill the desktop they will. Gadgets compete with live tiles so they must go.

    Fix the sidebar/gadget vulnerabilities? Naw, we'll just kill them.

    Great

    Frankly, the live tiles will probably be just as bad if not a lot WORSE in this regard. Now that EVERY program you install is going to HAVE to have some sort of always on net connection to retrieve always "live" data if they want to compete for downloads...
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    This is just another lame excuse to kill off the traditional PC. It's not going to happen Msoft so get used to it. Your little surface machines are not the end all PC game changer you seem to think it is. It's a decent mobile platform and that's it.

    It pretty much goes without saying that installing Gadgets or anything else from an untrusted source would not be wise.

    I know which ones are safe and I'm not about to turn off or uninstall or "Fix" my gadgets by disabling them.

    I don't need Msoft "the new big brother" telling me what to do.
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    Gadgets were never a hugely developed thing and they were used to be in a genuine sidebar until vista came out to have a feature that the mac os had. I only used a system monitor, pictures, weather, and Kaspersky's little widget. In 8, I don't ever use them anymore. I once use to promote desktop gadgets from doing installs of 7, and I would deck it out and all. A few weeks later when I looked at a recent install I did, either all the gadgets were removed or just one remained usually weather.

    The live tiles do a better job than the gadgets. It's true that some need an internet connection to refresh info, so did gadgets. Difference is that the apps are built efficiently whereas gadgets would eat up RAM.
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    Live tiles are USELESS to a desktop user... well and to metro users too if you want to check on your CPU or network usage or any number of other things while your metro app is consuming the entire screen

    There are hundreds of gadget apps and the idea is a great one, I use several myself to monitor CPU and network use, CPU/GPU temps . Heck one of the nice Windows 8 UI horrors was recently fixed by someone creating a gadget app to replace the awkward functionality but the jokes on them, no more gadgets in windows 8!

    I mentioned before that a REAL job at integrating metro into the desktop windows OS would have been to allow live tiles ON THE DESKTOP. That would have rocked and could have completely replaced gadgets. But they didn;t do that, Gadgets are not replaceable byt anything metro whatsoever.

    This is just one more way MS is trying to completely destroy the desktop experience to drive people into a completely new, 100% continuous wallet draining walled garden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Live tiles are USELESS to a desktop user... well and to metro users too if you want to check on your CPU or network usage or any number of other things while your metro app is consuming the entire screen

    There are hundreds of gadget apps and the idea is a great one, I use several myself to monitor CPU and network use, CPU/GPU temps . Heck one of the nice Windows 8 UI horrors was recently fixed by someone creating a gadget app to replace the awkward functionality but the jokes on them, no more gadgets in windows 8!

    I mentioned before that a REAL job at integrating metro into the desktop windows OS would have been to allow live tiles ON THE DESKTOP. That would have rocked and could have completely replaced gadgets. But they didn;t do that, Gadgets are not replaceable byt anything metro whatsoever.

    This is just one more way MS is trying to completely destroy the desktop experience to drive people into a completely new, 100% continuous wallet draining walled garden.
    Live tiles do replace gadgets, unless if there are controls to it. A lot of gadgets were information feeds, live tiles do that. And for the system monitoring, there is a feature that topples every gadget, the new Task Manger, although temps aren't shown, but that would be nice for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    My BIOS is configured to shut down if CPUs overheat. Nice to know what they run at, though. Would anyone know of some other program to watch temps?
    I use CoreTemp when I am first setting up overclocks and such. I'm unsure if that runs under 8, as I use it under Windows 7..but I would assume it would run.
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