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No this little piece of freeware won't take measurements of rain, and I know it's a weird name for this sort of thing, but just recently, Rainmeter has made browsing my PC so much easier.

Whilst perusing the internet one evening, I found myself looking at an interest thread on 4chan's Wallpaper General threads, and in that, it gave information in how to change the look of PCs. Other than Windows Aero customisations and task bar customisations, this nifty piece of freeware has both added style and practicality to my machine.

Basically, Rainmeter acts as a different task bar. It holds various things, like a media player interface, shutdown and power on buttons, weather, network information, PC information and memos. So this should be the best thing since sliced bread. In a way, it is, but it can be a hassle to get working.

Other than installing Rainmeter, it is recommended you install a basic skin. Something to both look good and be functional. If the file doesn't come as a Rainmeter skin file (rnmtrsf) then you're going to spend an hour trying to un-rar files and putting them in the right skin folder (which by the way is in My Documents, not Program Files). But once the skins are installed, you're home and dry.

Like I said earlier, the skins do come in extremely useful. Using the skins to open things like Google Chrome,  Notepad, Mozilla Firefox, The Sims 3, Kaspersky Internet Suite. The skins also come with things like financial markets, so you always have the stocks up in your top right hand corner. You can use it for Winamp (something which I forgot to use in my last post) and iTunes. You can use it to leave memos for you on the front page, set an alarm, shut down your PC and see how much space you have left on your hard drive(s). You can also download new skins, either from customzation.org or from deviantart, of which both links will be left at the end of this post.

There is also another type of freeware, called Rainlendar, which focuses mainly on organisation, such as calendars, memos, alarms, task managers, diaries and other such things. This can be found at http://www.rainlendar.net. Unfortunately, I can't tell you what it's like, as I don't have it installed.

Thanks for reading, and more posts like this will come along soon. Thanks for reading. Screenshots and links to follow

With basic widgets from Rainmeter

With added widgets, including financial information and a music player

Rainmeter can be found at http://www.rainmeter.net

Skins can be found at http://www.customizer.org/rainmeter

Rainmeter Rainmeter Reviewed by Matt Large on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Rating: 5

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