Military Deployment Countdown
Military Deployment Countdown is a very simple widget built for the Yahoo! Widget Engine platform, developed for US soldiers who want to count down remaining days until their deployment or school ends, so they can go back to their families. It is quite easy to install and set up.
The interface of the widget is based on a horizontal frame with an intuitive layout, which you can move to any position on the screen, with the help of the mouse cursor. By making it stay on top of other windows as well, Military Deployment Countdown is ideal when you're working with other applications, as you can get a quick glimpse of the timer.
The primary panel shows the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds left. From the context menu you can select between BOLC II and Engineer School graduation countdown mode.
By bringing up the Widget Preferences panel, it it possible to set up to five different events, namely a description and date. Thanks to the default options provided by the Yahoo! Widget Engine, you can enable the frame to stay below all the other windows, to ignore mouse events and to prevent dragging. Additionally, you can adjust its opacity level between 20% and 100%.
The widget is very light on the system resources, using a minimal quantity of CPU and RAM. It has a good response time and works smoothly, without making Windows hang, crash or pop up error dialogs. Thanks to its intuitive layout and overall simplicity, Military Deployment Countdown should please all user levels.