How To Fix The Daily Dilbert Sidebar Gadget

UPDATE: It seems that the gadget broke again yesterday (6/25/2013). The Dilbert RSS feed that was supplying the gadget with the comic strips (http://feed.dilbert.com/dilbert/daily_strip) was modified to no longer show the actual comic. Instead, there is now this:

Dilbert readers – Please visit Dilbert.com to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to Dilbert.com.

So… I’ll have to see if I can find another feed and try and get that to work with the gadget. But for now, it’s just broken, sorry. /UPDATE

After a nice long vacation, I came back to my Windows 8 PC today and decided to get caught up on Dilbert with my handy dandy Dilbert Gadget. Yes, I still use Microsoft’s Gadgets on Windows 8. Do a search for 8 Gadget Pack and you can, too. But to my surprise, when I clicked on any of the dates, Windows sent me to Internet Explorer which informed me that the csharptricks.com domain is kaput.

Sorry to see those guys drop off the web, but just because they are gone doesn’t mean that I should have to stop enjoying Dilbert every day. So if you’re having this issue, here’s a quick fix. Open the location were the gadget lives (c:UsersusernameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindows SidebarGadgetsDailyDilbert.gadget) and open up DailyDilbert.js. Look for this:

<iframe src="http://csharptricks.com/Projects/Gadgets/news.htm" width="100%" Height="20" frameborder="0"></iframe>

And remove it. Save the file and you should be good to go!