The other day, I was curious to find out what it's like to build a Sidebar gadget for Vista.

As some of you know, I contribute my idle CPU cycles to Stanford's Folding@home distributed computing project. So I built a F@h monitoring gadget that tracks the progress of my work units; especially useful since I run the client as a GUI-less background service.

Folding@home Gadget

Download: Folding@home Monitor Gadget

Note that if you run two or more separate F@h instances on a multi-core or multi-processor machine like I do, you can simply add multiple instances of the gadget to your Sidebar and point them to the different working directories.

Let me know what you think. :)

Update: A new, compact F@h gadget for dual-core machines is now available. (April 05, 2007)