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Clean your clock

Time to improve the basic Windows system clock with some cool new tools and skins.

The Windows system tray clock used to be the most primitive and least accurate timekeeper since a caveman stuck a stick in the ground on a sunny day. What Microsoft left undone was an opportunity to developers who rushed in with much-needed improvements such as atomic clock updates and, best of all, colorful, customizable, feature-packed skins and utilities that let you put useful, accurate clocks on your Windows desktop. Unisoft's 3D Tray Clock Ex. is just such a utility, updated with more looks, more features, and more improvements to stay ahead of the much-improved clock on recent editions of Windows. It still has the usual calendar, alarm, reminder, and note-keeping features, as well as different skins, clock faces, and displays, but with updates that take advantage of recent Windows versions' enhanced 3D desktop capabilities.

Except for the usual shareware nag screen, 3D Tray Clock Ex installs cleanly and easily, and it uninstalls just as cleanly if you decide not to keep it. You can access the program and its settings from the Start menu or the system tray, including configuration settings such as time zones, what increments to display, and 12- or 24-hour clocks; preferences like digital or analog clock displays; and many colorful, customizable skins, numerals, and other visual enhancements.

This useful and attractive timekeeping tool is free to try for 30 days and costs $19.95. It's certified for Windows versions up to Vista. A nag screen indicated an already expired trial period on a clean Windows 7 install.

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