Bye bye Commercial Gadgets and Master Gadgets

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by RomanDA | Discussion: DesktopX

After a very long time of little to no activity on any of my MASTER Gadgets and on my website Commercial Gadgets, I have decided to shut it all down.

I have deleted all my Master Gadgets from WC.  If anyone wants anything I might be willing to reupload things for free.

I will NOT be reuploading the Holiday Countdown PRO as it has been nothing but a royal pain in my butt for years now.

Since spending MONTHS coding it, and having all that VANISH in the blink of an eye, to Having it no longer work on "some" Vista and Win 7 boxes (not all).  I have spent hundreds of hours on this one gadget.  In all that i think i have sold a total of 20 of them. at $2-3 of "profit" on my end, meaning i was working for less then pennies an hour.

My commercial gadgets site was doing ok for the first year or two, but without the time to devote to things I have not added anything new, or looked at any of the gadgets on there since 2009.

Its sad that DX4 never really materialized as i might have been interested in seeing how that would have worked out (not bitching, i fully understand the climate and business decision).  I do use DX a good bit for my job, and it has served me well for all these years.  

I want to thank everyone who supported my work, helped me with testing, and bought anything of mine.

As of today, I will no longer be supporting any of my gadgets.  If it works, yeah, if not, oh well.

I cant put that time into this when i could be using it to do something that is much more productive to my future.

I may from now and then still check on things here, and if you need DX help leave me a msg.

One thing that this is probably going to do is break all the Tutorials I worked so hard on.  As they all point to my Commercial Gadgets website for the images. These are all going to be gone by the end of the day (the images, not the Tuts).  If someone at SD/WC wants to move them to their servers somehow im fine with that.  (Let me know).


I really did enjoy my years spent on DX.  

Thanks again all!



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Reply #1 Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:59 PM

You did great work and helped tons of people with yoru tutorials.

Thanks for the ride.

Reply #2 Thursday, September 12, 2013 1:16 PM

Thanks for all your excellent work. Best of luck to you.

Reply #3 Thursday, September 12, 2013 1:19 PM

Thanks, Dave. You did good! 

Best of luck with the photography!

Reply #4 Thursday, September 12, 2013 1:34 PM

I can see why, your gallery is beautiful. Transportation was my favorite section but "Pier-ing Into the distance" was my favorite piece.

Reply #5 Thursday, September 12, 2013 1:53 PM

David, you have always been a DX guru in my eyes. I hate that DX went the way it has as well, but I guess it is what it is.

Thanks for your help through the years, and for all the great works you've given us!

Reply #6 Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:27 PM

I've always liked your work and your help the times I needed with DX is much appreciated.  Keep up the great work with your photography! I got you on G+ .

Reply #7 Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:36 PM

It's always sad to see and era end but such is life, nothing lasts forever, we look back on the past with hopes that the future brings new and exciting things to our desktops.  Thank you Dave for giving of your time, skills and talents. 

Reply #8 Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:25 PM

Thanks for all your work over the years. It's too bad about DX.

I hope that you will upload your Master skins. Some of us are still using DX. Good luck with your photography.

Reply #9 Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:36 PM

I can appreciate your frustration at the lack of interest in windows gadgets/DX, having completed quite a complicated RSS gadget I was planning more but found its feeds disabled by IE updates on Windows 7 and later. With Microsoft killing their own gadgets on top that it really was the end.


I suspect what really killed the whole idea of desktop gadgets were two things; 1) The surge in smartphones doing essentially what they were supposed to do 2) Most corporate companies not keen on Vista, slow to upgrade to Windows 7 and many blocking the gadget site. I still love them though.


Its not easy making money from software for the independent developer, everyone wants it free and times are tough.



Reply #10 Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:46 PM

You da man! Me wuvs ya!

Reply #11 Thursday, September 12, 2013 5:12 PM

Thanks all.  Im still around, just saw no point in keeping my master skins out there, as once in a while someone would buy one and it wouldnt work right, and id just have to refund their money. so what was the point.

I still use DX a good bit, there are so many cool things it can do, and its an amazing product.  I always thought that making it avail to kids in high school programming classes would have been cool. 

Thanks for the comments on the pics, I have lost the ability to play drums, and continue on with my 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do do to issues with my right elbow (Computer elbow!).  It sounds lame, and it is, but it makes doing anything like drums or TKD impossible and risky for further injury.  So i dove into photography.  The one door opens thing. lol    We have seasons in our lives, and im going into a new one (turning 50 soon) and im looking forward to how this one will go.


Reply #12 Thursday, September 12, 2013 6:44 PM

Live long and prosper. 

Reply #13 Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:15 PM

(turning 50 soon)

Ah, you child...

Best wishes with your photography, Dave...

Reply #14 Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:53 PM

You da man! Me wuvs ya!


Right back at ya!

Reply #15 Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:57 PM

  Best of luck with your photography. Let us know how things "develop" 

Reply #16 Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:12 PM

(turning 50 soon)

God, I feel so old.

Reply #17 Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:20 PM


Quoting RomanDA, reply 11(turning 50 soon)

God, I feel so old.

God, you are so old.

Reply #18 Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:23 PM

53 here, never felt worse. 

Reply #19 Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:58 PM

I never used DX but i always admired your work .Will check you out on facebook i love photography.

Best wishes in your new choice. are still a babe i just turned 60 this week.My husband still thinks i'm one hot mama lol.


Reply #20 Friday, September 13, 2013 4:57 AM

You may try to make an alliance with ,he is still making Desktop themes and they are phenomenal that you could hardly see in someone else's computer. 

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