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So today I decided to try out two new DesktopX "ability extensions" (plugins).
The first one makes it a snap to get some basic info on your computer and
display it as text. In my build, I have to manually make the DX object a text
object but I'm told tomorrow's beta will automatically set the object as text
which is nice.
I can easily find out things like system up time, what kind of CPU I have, my
IP address and all that good stuff. Very handy.
The next one I tried out was the new Performance Meter 2 plugin. Furan made
this and it's quite incredible. Basically any performance related thing on your
system you ever wanted can be done with this. In addition, you can create
skinnable bars and such.
Here I'm choosing between various types of visual displays for
my data. This could be a CPU meter, disk space meter, memory monitor, network
performance, or a ton of other things. In fact, it hooks into MS's
performance monitoring API so you can graph things that are well...incredibly
unimportant for most people too.
So here's my first quickie graph. Of course, it's afar cry
from having something fancy. I'll need to put together some .PNG
backgrounds and such. I'll try to do that soon.
Unfortunately I can't find my Corel Draw CD here to start making
the graphics so I'm a bit bummed. I'll mess with this more soon. For other
DesktopX users, these goodies should be available by the week of 9/22/2003.