What’s on your Sidebar?

Those of you running Windows Vista – what’s on your Sidebar? What gadgets can’t you live without?
(Blatant steal: I got this idea from Sean Alexander’s blog post: [Top 10 Sidebar Gadgets](http://www.seanalexander.com/2007/05/21/Top10SidebarGadgets.aspx).)

On my work computer:

* [Traffic by Live Search](http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=d5ad423c-05bd-4de4-8803-b05ecc339397&bt=1&pl=1) showing horrible Seattle traffic
* [MSN Gas Prices](http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=edc14bc5-72f5-4e0d-b761-5a765408f67b&bt=1&pl=1)
* [Live Search](http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=9107a4f7-531d-4b22-81fa-c310cbb19072&bt=1&pl=1)
* Stock Ticker (default)
* Today Is (default)
* [Outlook Tasks](http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=ef27c368-814f-49d5-8167-603dfec628cd&bt=1&pl=1)
* [Package Tracking](http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=dea59ce1-e61b-42d6-a8a0-a901724c87f7&l=1)

A new record: 2 hour commute

So that was less than stellar. Another snow-storm hit the Seattle area this afternoon, and the drive home took just shy of 2 hours. Quite amazing, considering I live around 8 miles away from my office.

I wish I had taken some photos with my cameraphone — but I was too busy not getting rammed by some random guy in a BMW 5-series that kept sliding sideways. The mail isn’t getting through either – saw two USPS semi-trucks parked on the highway (one on the shoulder of the road, one in the middle of the road). Mass transit wasn’t doing well either — saw several buses parked on the side of the road, and at least one nearly perpendicular to the flow of traffic resting against the jersey barrier. Very odd, as on the drive in this morning, I saw several buses with snow chains on already… None of the parked buses had snow chains on.

The drive home was truly amazing — WSDOT (Washington State Dept. of Transportation) shuts off the “metered” on-ramps to prevent cars from sliding down, so that starts hurting the commute. Combine that with the aforementioned sideways buses, parked semis, and guys-in-sliding-5-series, and traffic quality dwindles. Quickly.

Tomorrow, as the snow sitting on the ground turns into ice, should prove fun and interesting as well.