If you are a frequent user of Google Calendar the you might prefer Gminder which is an excellent alternative to Google Desktop Calendar Gadget.Gminder is a small open source application which allows you to access google calendar on your Desktop task bar.
GMinder is a reminder program that waits in your system tray and alerts you when you have an upcoming Google Calendar event. GMinder supports multiple calendars and allows you to configure how you want to be alerted. Since it downloads your events, it works offline and enables you to preview your agenda of events.
Using of Gminder is very simple,first enter your Google login information data,then download list of calendars, and then select the ones (if they have more than one) you want to display on your Windows task bar.
Gminder shows complete information on your screen, if you double click the icon on the taskbar, you’ll see a window full of events and appointments. Clicking on an event you will see the expanded information, and you can choose to open it on your browser (with the button “Open”) and if you prefer to delete a event you can remove it from Gminder.
Among the settings,you can choose how often you want to update your calendars, you can choose colors to display events and what kind of notice that you prefer. Furthermore you can Set the background color for events that are in the future and indicate how many days (or weeks) to download future events,keep in mind when doing so,by default you can choose 31 days.
GMinder is free and works only on Windows (vista/xp) with Microsoft .NET 2.0 installed.