I know that there are as about as many suggestions on different metering software, as there are users.
Of all that are available (Avdesk, Samurize, etc).
I use Rainmeter.
After trying numerous others, I just like the options and the programability of the software.
Rainmeter has almost died (in my opinion), but I still use it.
Well apparently Rainy has released Rainmeter to the general Public about a month ago and is looking for volunteer programmers.
More info From The Rainlenar Forum - Re:Development (Don't let Rainmeter die!)
I now use Windows Vista (almost exclusively), and would like to see this software grow.
The latest works to Rainmeter are now being run through Google Code (unfortunately)
the Rainmeter Google Code section can be found here.
There is finally a new Rainmeter Beta (Alpha?) download as well
Since I am no programmer, I am sorry to say that I feel very inadequate to take up the flag on this most excellent and proven software.
I am tossing this into our forum's hat to see if someone, or many, would take on updating Rainmeter to Vista OS compliance and then expanding the software, base.
Trust me when I say; "If you build it they will come", as there is a large community of skinners and customizers (like myself), just waiting for the really good folks with the programming brains to come along and help fix this slightly outdated software package.
The code is publicly available and can be downloaded from The Rainmeter old site
This is my plea, and I hope that there are those with the time to help make Rainmeter great again.
On a personal note I am looking to have Rainmeter kick the shorts of Samurize.
Thanks in advance
SGT. E. V. McKay