Do you by any chance know how to change the update rate of the gmail checker? Mine was set at "140" but I have no idea what that meant. (in the edit skin section)
It's probably in minutes. Best way to check would be to set it to 10 or so and send yourself an e-mail with another account and see if it shows you as having new mail 10 minutes later. I have used Rainmeter but I prefer just standard gadgets to be honest.
I hate colors on my desktop image. If I go on early in the morning or late at night I don't want to be blinded. The mac doesn't come with a standard black picture so I had to put my thumb over the built in webcam in photobooth and take a picture.
Ahh I see. I'm the same way, but the default one doesn't blind me at all at night/early morning.
This was my theme for a while. But not anymore since you have to chance Windows 7's .dll files and premissions. With XP it was a simple patch then you could have whatever visual styles you wanted. Now you have to replace taskbar icons and stuff.