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Windows Taskbar Monitor v0.3

I have just pushed a few small changes to one of my projects, Windows Taskbar Monitor.

One of the users of the app noted that they find it rather annoying having the animated progress bars and asked whether it would be possible to add an option to disable it. I agreed that it could get a little distracting so I added the option to disable the bars.

While I was there I also added a couple of command line arguments to the app so that you could configure each instance from a shortcut.


The options are:

-bars [true/false]

This tells the app to startup with the bars enabled or not, the default is true.

-type [cpu/mem/net]

This tells which of the three monitors the app should start up with, cpu, memory or network.


One way to get all three to start with different monitors when windows startup would be to use the statup folder in windows.

1) Click the windows start icon, then right click on “all programs” and click open:

2) Navigate to Programs > Startup then make three shortcuts to Windows Taskbar Monitor v0.3 you can rename the shortcuts if you like:

3) For each shortcut, right click and select properties:

4) Now enter your command line arguments in the Target field after the final .exe:


Et voilà when windows starts you should now have three different monitors opening!

I have pushed all the source code and the new binary files to my google code project: http://code.google.com/p/win7-taskbar-mon/







Windows 7 Taskbar Performance Monitor v0.2

Been a long time since I have updated this little project of mine. Yep, just checked, its been almost a year since.

Oddly enough this is one of my projects I actually use on a daily basis at home and work. Im not sure why I haven’t updated it since as there have been some rather gaping bugs in it which have been very annoying but apparently not annoying enough to encourage myself to fix them or to stop using it.

Anyways, I have finally decided to fix some of the most anoying issues namely:

  • It no longer crashes when the network is lost
  • It now correctly reports the amount of physical memory used

Theres no auto-updating feature built into the tool so if you are looking for the upgrade head over to the google code page to grab it: http://code.google.com/p/win7-taskbar-mon/downloads/list

Wow! Just noticed that over 2000 people have downloaded the first version, didn’t think it was that popular!

Oh yes, I have also uploaded the latest source for this version: http://code.google.com/p/win7-taskbar-mon/source/checkout


Windows 7 Taskbar Monitor

Well this will learn me!

A while back, I had an idea for a very simple application that would sit in your taskbar and give you at-a-glance performance info about your system, similar to iStat Pro for OSX. This weekend I finally had time to clean up the code up for release.

The problem is that while looking for a couple of images for the app I happened to stumble across Taskbar Meters, which is pretty much the exact same idea I had. Looks like he has made a better job out of it that me too 😛

Ah well, I have decided to release my version of the app nonetheless:

You can open the app multiple times and set each one to monitor a different value:

I have also decided to post the source up on google code: http://code.google.com/p/win7-taskbar-mon/

Anyways you can grab version 0.1 here: http://win7-taskbar-mon.googlecode.com/files/Windows7_Taskbar_Monitor_v0.1.zip