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Vivaldi adds a clock with alarm and timer to browser

The latest snapshot of the Vivaldi web browser displays a clock in the status bar of the browser that supports alarm and timer functionality.

One of the things that I like about Vivaldi is that its developers add all kinds of useful but optional usability features to the web browser.  One of the latest feature is a clock which the developers added to the browser's status bar.The status bar is actually one of these usability features. Most web browsers, Firefox and Chrome, dropped the status bar or never made use of it.

Vivaldi has a status bar and it displays lots of options to the user, e.g. changing zoom, disabling images, capturing the page, and more.

vivaldi browser clock

The clock is another optional feature. While it is displayed by default, it can easily be hidden from the status bar if it is not required.

We’ve added a built in clock to the status bar. This also gives you the ability to quickly set alarms, either in the form of a count down or to a specific time in the future.

Vivaldi's team added timer and countdown functionality to the clock that you may activate when you left or right-click on the time.

A left-click displays the countdown and alarm options. Both options are self-explanatory: use countdown to have the clock count down the specified hours/minutes, and alarm to set an alarm for a specific time of the day, e.g. for meetings, lunch, or breaks.

You may assign presets to both options to re-use these with the click of the button instead of having to configure them each time you plan on using them.

vivaldi clock settings

A right-click displays options to set countdown or alarm presets right away, to change the display of the clock in the status bar including its style and label, and to hide the clock on the status bar.

Closing Words

A clock in the status bar may not be a revolutionary feature but it may be useful to some users of the browser. Those who have no use for the feature can hide it easily using the right-click context menu.

Now You: Do you find the new clock functionality useful?

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  1. Trey said on March 9, 2020 at 7:19 am
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    Yea, lot’s of useful built-in stuff in Vivaldi. And very customizable if you don’t want it.

    …Now, cue the usual people typing how much they hate Vivaldi and _________ browser and how Brave is great.

    1. Iron Heart said on March 9, 2020 at 10:25 am
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      @Trey

      I don’t think comparing Brave and Vivaldi makes much sense, since they target completely different audiences. Brave targets users who are interested in privacy protection, and potentially in the BAT ecosystem. Vivaldi targets users who are interested in customization options.

      That being said, Vivaldi deserves some criticism for not being fully open source, which IMHO is just a no go for a web browser in 2020. Many of its competitors are open source.

    2. Jack said on March 9, 2020 at 12:18 pm
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      I like both! I don’t hate Vivaldi!

    3. Iron Heart said on March 9, 2020 at 6:14 pm
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      @Trey

      Just wanted to let you know that this comment wasn’t written by me, but by a troll impersonating me:

      https://www.ghacks.net/2020/03/09/vivaldi-adds-a-clock-with-alarm-and-timer-to-browser/?unapproved=4456241&moderation-hash=7e57333fa625a882332090358e5e4b48#comment-4456211

      It’s rather obvious that this idiot is trying to make persiflage out of my posts, please ignore him.

  2. Addy T. said on March 9, 2020 at 8:02 am
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    I have a clock in the taskbar, on my arm and on my desk.

    I hardly see a use for that feature.

    Same with weather apps, btw. If I want to know how the weather is where I live I look out of the window.

  3. Sebas said on March 9, 2020 at 8:04 am
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    Vivaldi clockworck, sounds good to me. Seriously, I will try Vivaldi once again. A couple of years ago it was quite slow on my old laptop. Curious to see if that will be better now..

    1. Anonymous said on March 9, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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      sorry, get better hardware.

    2. Iron Heart said on March 9, 2020 at 6:13 pm
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      @Sebas

      Just wanted to let you know that this comment wasn’t written by me, but by a troll impersonating me:

      https://www.ghacks.net/2020/03/09/vivaldi-adds-a-clock-with-alarm-and-timer-to-browser/?unapproved=4456240&moderation-hash=07ce68bcbeca7769cea1cff360aae656#comment-4456222

      It’s rather obvious that this idiot is trying to make persiflage out of my posts, please ignore him.

  4. TianlanSha said on March 9, 2020 at 8:46 am
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    Good job, Vivaldi team! I was lost in life and my existence had no purpose, but now that you added this very useful feature that only four people will use, everything arranges into place! I now know the meaning of life.

    On a serious note… Are the developers retarded? Their browser has more pressing issues and they add a clock with alarm?! Mind blown.

  5. Anon said on March 9, 2020 at 9:46 am
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    I don’t agree it’s useful and I don’t like it, because a web browser is a web browser and as such should be responsible for rendering websites. That’s all. Anything else is bloatware and should be an optional extension which users could install. This is my opinion.

  6. Luzandro said on March 9, 2020 at 10:18 am
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    It could be useful, if it counts how long you are using a site and warns/blocks you after a specified time. Otherwise it’s rather pointless.

  7. Jonas said on March 9, 2020 at 10:39 am
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    Some people like to search endlessly for the countless plug-ins out there for other browsers, or prefer to get some app to add certain functionality to their computers. To me, it’s so much better when these simple things are packaged into a larger piece of software. I don’t see how people can be upset about a free tool that can be hidden if you don’t use it.

    In general, I think devs these days are much too eager to cut software down to the most minimal functionality and disallow customization – for ‘ease of use’ and ‘ease of maintenance’. Vivaldi’s seeming dedication to the opposite is what makes me so interested in them.

  8. Usman Khurshid said on March 9, 2020 at 10:59 am
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    Great work Vivaldi! This can be a great feature for people who tend to use the computer for longer periods of time especially writers and developers.

    I’ve been using a customized pomodoro for myself for a long time but I had to use a Windows app for that. Now that Vivaldi gives this feature after a few months, it’ll become a lot easier for setting alarms and managing work.

  9. Tiff said on March 9, 2020 at 11:05 am
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    They have always liked to add random stuff, like the exif viewer for example, over sorting out core things or anything privacy related, only very recently have they done anything to do with privacy. Adding a clock seems the most pointless waste of resources so far.

    Also to be picky that’s not a status bar, it’s a toolbar that happens to be where the status bar normally is as practically everything is for actions not status.

  10. HappyMigrator said on March 9, 2020 at 11:52 am
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    This is a very useful feature when going fullscreen with only the address bar enabled, features that other browsers don’t have, because you can drag the clock holding Shift to the address bar. Fullscreen as known hides your OS taskbar but with Vivaldi you can always know what time it is. Alarm, countdown are great too. All the trolls propagandize it’s bloatware while it’s a simple clock that sends an alarm notification, but have like 15 extensions loaded in the background consuming tons of memory and interfering with the browser in every possible way. Please enjoy your stale browsers that have stayed in 1996 and keep your toxicity to yourself.

    1. GoPlayWithTraffic said on March 9, 2020 at 2:59 pm
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      So you are one of the sort who call anyone who disagrees with you a troll or worse (bigot isn’t Monday’s word then?). I truly detest people like you. The only toxicity and intolerance comes from you lot.

      1. T J said on March 9, 2020 at 3:28 pm
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        @ GoPlayWithTraffic

        Playing with the traffic !! That’s a bit dangerous. How many times a day are you hospitalised ??

        > I truly detest people like you. The only toxicity and intolerance comes from you lot <

        I think you are getting over excited. Take a tranquiliser and have a lie down in a dark room.

        NB
        I have been reading Martin's blog for several years. I do not recollect seeing your post name before. Have you changed your old name so that you can pretend to be mr / ms nasty instead of mr / ms nice.

      2. MoreThanDetest said on March 10, 2020 at 12:40 am
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        I use whatever user name takes my fancy. Detest is too mild a word for what I feel about these sort of people unfortunately the internet has created a generation of them. You either agree with them or you are a bigot (funny as they are always by far the biggest ones), nazi…. But you don’t see their type on here too often, if that changes then I wouldn’t bother with the site anymore.

  11. Mele said on March 9, 2020 at 11:53 am
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    This silliness just illustrates everything that is WRONG with Vivaldi. Vivaldi is the only browser where I have to use a third party extension to set the cache to zero. All other browsers have that ability built into the browser for as long as I can recall. (Of course, I needed a cache when I had dialup but I got broadband in 2001 and had no need then or ever since for a cache).

    I see the time in the lower right corner (and the date) of my taskbar. I think I have seen this since my first computer (Windows 98). So, why does Viivaldi want to reinvent the wheel? UGH.

  12. asd said on March 9, 2020 at 12:21 pm
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    Good idea, I use a taskbar extension (T-Clock) to have a countdown clock since I need this very often. Presets are important.
    But I don’t like Vivaldi having this status bar. Monitors are widescreen and this wastes important space.

    1. HappyMigrator said on March 9, 2020 at 6:46 pm
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      In Vivaldi you can move toolbar buttons around holding Shift, or even removing them, in that case you can move the clock to the address bar. Also, let’s not forget it’s work in progress.

  13. Mike W. said on March 9, 2020 at 12:44 pm
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    While I can appreciate Vivaldi’s constant push to add new features to its browsers, I really wish they would do more to address existing bugs that are present. The new PiP feature is a disaster and unlike 99% of Vivaldi’s other features, it cannot be turned off.

    Performance is never going to be Vivaldi’s strength, that’s just the nature of the browser, but it would be nice if it was a least a stable experience that didn’t annoy a user. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case with Vivaldi.

  14. gemgem said on March 9, 2020 at 1:28 pm
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    Actually the best thing I like about Vivaldi is its Note-taking thing on the left panel. Simple, easy, works. A clock? Meh. Already one down on the right side of taskbar. An alarm though might be handy for some.

    1. Iron Heart said on March 9, 2020 at 6:11 pm
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      @gemgem

      Just wanted to let you know that this comment wasn’t written by me, but by a troll impersonating me:

      https://www.ghacks.net/2020/03/09/vivaldi-adds-a-clock-with-alarm-and-timer-to-browser/?unapproved=4456237&moderation-hash=5cf76e62b175b9771c441de997e88cf5#comment-4456221

      It’s rather obvious that this idiot is trying to make persiflage out of my posts, please ignore him.

  15. Henk said on March 9, 2020 at 1:31 pm
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    I hope so very much that Vivaldi will also add a compass that doubles as a blood pressure gauge, a face-recognition-triggered startup jingle, a simple selfie button, a daily inspirational statusbar quote, a pet food stock logger, a 100-pass secure disk wiper combined with a screen-off button, a rare bird observation logger, a remote car pre-heater (optional), a daily meal recipe suggestion, a room temperature gauge, an instant Van Gogh theme switch, a mini MIDI piano keyboard that fits in the statusbar, a smart coronavirus detection algorithm, a Mood Bar that indicates your actual mood based on the speed you hit your keyboard, and many many more browser features we just cannot live without.

    And of course we’ll need a taskbar dial that shows the latest total number of all useful features.

    1. Klaas Vaak said on March 9, 2020 at 3:19 pm
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      @Henk: wonderful comment, LOL. +1

  16. Henk said on March 9, 2020 at 1:33 pm
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    I hope so very much that Vivaldi will also add a compass that doubles as a blood pressure gauge, a face-recognition-triggered startup jingle, a simple selfie button, a daily inspirational statusbar quote, a pet food stock logger, a 100-pass secure disk wiper combined with a screen-off button, a rare bird observation logger, a remote car pre-heater (optional), a daily meal recipe suggestion, a room temperature gauge, an instant Van Gogh theme switch, a mini MIDI piano keyboard that fits in the statusbar, a smart coronavirus detection algorithm, a Mood Bar that indicates your actual mood based on the speed you hit your keyboard, and many many more web browser features we just cannot live without.

    And of course we’ll need a taskbar dial that clearly shows us the latest total number of all these useful features.

    1. Gary D said on March 9, 2020 at 3:33 pm
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      @ Henk

      I like the fact that your comment was posted twice.

      The first time it was lmao.

      The second time was rofl and lmao

      More please !! :))

  17. Clairvaux said on March 9, 2020 at 1:40 pm
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    It’s nice.

  18. Goyim said on March 9, 2020 at 2:15 pm
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    Just another bloated software getting more bloated.

  19. anona said on March 9, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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    How about adding USEFUL feature? Like baking in uBlock Origin similar to what Brave has done, before Manifest v3 hits? Or an iOS version with sync?

  20. Rayband said on March 9, 2020 at 3:08 pm
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    The Cliqz browser is a firefox fork and I really like the privacy features. Have a read about it before rolling your eyes when you read “Cliqz”, their blog and the developer blog are interesting reads. The only problem I have with it is that it hasn’t got sync as that is a potential privacy problem and that does make it a pain with multiple devices.

    1. Rayband said on March 10, 2020 at 12:50 am
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      The cliqz browser reference was meant for a post further up saying it’s a shame Eich didn’t fork FF. I have it installed and it’s very similar to brave, built in anti-tracking, ad blocker and https upgrades. Pretty much every preference is privacy respecting, I think it just had send crash data turned on, so better than ff defaults. All the spying and junk has been removed too. Having said that I will stick with Brave as my main browser but will keep cliqz installed as the backup.

      1. anona said on March 10, 2020 at 12:12 pm
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        >The cliqz browser reference was meant for a post further up saying it’s a shame Eich didn’t fork FF

        Yeah why did my comment get deleted? wtf

  21. Mo said on March 9, 2020 at 4:29 pm
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    What even? I don’t think their resources were use for good with this one.

  22. Samanto Hermes said on March 9, 2020 at 4:55 pm
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    So is it true that Vivaldi has many bugs because Chromium wasn’t designed to have a customizable interface?

    1. Mike W. said on March 11, 2020 at 3:12 am
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      I don’t think that is necessarily it, I mean Opera makes quite a few changes to the “look” of Chromium and doesn’t suffer from some of the performance issues associated with Vivaldi. The issue with Vivaldi’s bugs are two-fold. One, they have an extremely small development team compared to browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or even Brave. Two, Vivaldi’s developers have prioritized adding new features rather than squashing bugs. I suspect much of this has to do with trying to add new users to the browser and the idea that new features will draw in more users than squashing bugs. Vivaldi has been pretty open that for the browser to be profitable, they project a need for 5 million users. The last number I saw from 2019 said the Vivaldi user base was 1.2 million.

  23. Samanto Hermes said on March 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm
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    Cliqz will always be remembered as the greatest shame for Mozilla in the century.

    1. Klaas Vaak said on March 10, 2020 at 10:34 am
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      @Samanto Hermes: why?

  24. HealingCross said on March 9, 2020 at 6:17 pm
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    As overcustomization is killing the core idea of Vivaldi, so is the whole Bitcoin-stuff doing to the privacy-concerned Brave. I regard the latter as utterly senseless for me, because I’m not a bit interested in this whole BAT-thing, so why I should I care of it as a browser.
    Vivaldi’s weakest point is a small development team adding a new feature with every new release so they are having even more to maintain with less resources than others.
    Lots of people are waiting for the inbuilt email-client (I don’t) and their Android is still in Beta. Both of which where promised more than five years ago.

  25. Yuliya said on March 9, 2020 at 10:03 pm
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    Seriously? I’m all for features in a browser, but this seems unnecessary. I doubt there is any OS which Vivaldi runs on, yet it lacks a clock.

  26. Peter Newton said on March 10, 2020 at 1:07 am
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    Hi all,

    I can think of at least one good reason to use a clock in a browser, especially when its possible to use it as a timer. If it uses an audio indication to let you know that a large and very long download has completed, with that capability you can say goodbye to a few extensions, or plugins designed
    to do the same job, thus lightening the load on the browser, and reducing the flow of telemetry to
    third parties. An alarm suitably labelled, and set for a live Internet event would be quite convenient too, much more reliable than YouTube notifications, which quite frankly, are a joke.

    All in all not a bad idea, but nothing to write home about.

    Btw Linux has had this capability for years, the XDG timer plugin, oh and henk forgot “the kitchen sink” and “a partridge in a pear tree” lol

    Peter Newton [London UK]

  27. ULBoom said on March 10, 2020 at 2:00 am
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    I really wish Martin would sort out this Iron Heart thing whatever the truth may be, topics are spammed to the point where things are constantly off track. Comments are moderated, why not this B.S?

    GHacks has fallen so far, this never used to happen.

    Guess what? YOU CAN MAKE $8732.47 per WEEK by following my simple formula!!!!!!!!! A million customers can’t be wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    1. Iron Heart said on March 10, 2020 at 7:13 am
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      @ULBoom

      The problem is not the lack of moderation – Martin Brinkmann already has moderating privilege here. The problem is the lack of a real account system which prevents the misuse of nicknames by other persons.

      Cheers

      Iron Heart, the original.

      1. Klaas Vaak said on March 10, 2020 at 10:32 am
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        @Iron Heart: +1

  28. Mele said on March 10, 2020 at 10:19 am
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    Brave is UNUSABLE for me because there is NO way to change the visited and unvisited link colors! That makes Brave the most backward browser I have ever tried. I cannot tolerate “Microsoft Blue” for unvisited links! I have always changed the link colors to green for unvisited and purple for visited. I’ve done this for 20 years on my gecko based browsers and even IE. Sadly, this is missing from Edge so I don’t use it. Thank goodness for gecko based browsers! (And for Vivaldi and any other browsers that still allow for customization).

    1. Iron Heart said on March 10, 2020 at 5:39 pm
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      @Mele

      You need the Stylus extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stylus-beta/apmmpaebfobifelkijhaljbmpcgbjbdo?hl=de

      Once you have installed it, follow the instructions of the comment of “duskwuff” here: https://superuser.com/questions/726380/change-color-of-visited-links-in-chrome-33

      This works in all Chromium-based browsers, including Chrome, Edge, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi, Ungoogled Chromium etc. etc.

  29. Mele said on March 11, 2020 at 7:41 am
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    @Iron Heart

    Thank you! I feel like an idiot. I had forgotten I have Stylus for Vivaldi for a long time and I changed the unvisited link in it. Now Brave has my nice green color for unvisited link and I added Verdana Bold as the font and a Stylus style to stop gif animation. Wonderful! Now I can explore Brave!

    1. Iron Heart said on March 11, 2020 at 8:55 am
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      @Mele

      No problem.

      Slight correction, here is the link to the stable version of Stylus, in case you do not want to use the beta version:

      https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stylus/clngdbkpkpeebahjckkjfobafhncgmne?hl=de

  30. Anonymous said on March 11, 2020 at 6:28 pm
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    Honestly, this is quite brilliant imho. Recently, I was looking for a small (portable) visually appealing application for Windows to set timers and alarms quickly. My conclusion was that there wasn’t much choice at all and that it might as well be implemented in a browser.

    Feels like one of those old Opera features: damn handy, but if you don’t have any use for it, it won’t be in your way.

  31. HappyMigrator said on March 15, 2020 at 12:47 pm
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    Vivaldi (snapshot) has also added a native Ad Blocker, with custom filters in the works, so how is a clock in the news but not the Ad Blocker?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 15, 2020 at 1:01 pm
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  32. HappyMigrator said on March 15, 2020 at 2:18 pm
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    Hi Martin, no that is the tracking blocker (privacy), I mean an actual Ad-Blocker https://vivaldi.com/blog/snapshots/desktop/built-in-ad-blocker-vivaldi-browser-snapshot-1848-4/

    P.S. Thanks for the quick response :)

  33. Kubrick said on May 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm
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    I would find a cpu and ram monitor to be more useful than a clock which most desktops have as standard anyway,a visual presentation of the current cpu usage in browser would be most useful.

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