'Sidebar' Articles

Top Processes Windows Sidebar Gadget


Last weekend I decided that I would try my hand at developing a Windows Sidebar Gadget. I’ve got a few ideas about gadgets that I’d like to make, so I thought I’d whip up a quick, useful gadget to get familiar with the platform. I ended up making the TopProcess gadget. It’s basically a version of the standard UNIX top command. It’ll show the top X processes on your computer, which are the processes taking the most CPU. It just sits there in the sidebar updating that list every few seconds, letting you know what’s chewing up your dual cores.

TopProcess Screenshot

You can grab it from me on my new Sidebar Gadgets page, or from Windows Live Gallery. If you like it, please rate it or review it on Windows Live Gallery, so more people get to see it.


Using MyODBC with ASP.NET in IIS7 on Vista x64

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That’s a heck of a title, but it’s a problem I hit recently. I have a bunch of ASP.NET sites that use MySQL as their datastore, but I hadn’t tried the on IIS7 yet. It took a while to get them to work at all (I had to set permissions on web.config and...