So I run Windows Vista... and I wanted a sidebar gadget to interact with my task list from my desktop. What's more convienent for updating your task list than your desktop? The folks at rememberthemilk.com put together an awesome blog post detailing alternative ways to interact with your task list in a bunch of different operating systems, but none of them either: were for Vista, or did what I wanted.
So...just when I was about to give up (two months of searching, and potentially developing one on my own), I found this article that detailed how to use the 'Active Desktop' feature of Windows XP with Remember the Milk! If you check out the article you'll see its exactly the thing I was looking for...except on XP. So I searched for the 'Active Desktop' feature on Vista and soon found out that they stripped this functionality out of Vista for some reason or another... Basically all it does though is just display a webpage on your desktop.
- Get the gadget
So you're looking for a gadget called 'Minibrowser' which can be found at this link. Click download, install..install, and you're good to go! Add the gadget to your sidebar.
- Login to Remember the Milk
Fire up Internet Explorer (this is because Minibrowser uses IE for page rendering), and go to http://www.rememberthemilk.com and login. Make sure to check the 'remember me on this computer' checkbox!
- Point the gadget to the URL
In the gadget's address bar, set the url to: http://rememberthemilk.com/services/modules/googleig/
- Customize the gadget
Assuming nothing's gone wrong, you should have your remember the milk task list on your Vista desktop now! You'll notice that you have a somewhat ugly address bar and some buttons...and status bar, but if you click on the settings icon for the gadget, you can turn all those pesky things off. Also, there's a tab called 'size' which enables you to resize the gadget so you can get the optimum viewing of your RTM task list.
That's it! Feel free to comment/post suggestions if you have any! Thanks!