SysMetrix is a skinnable dock and metering application that provides system metrics in various and interesting ways. By default, the application shows the date and time, local weather conditions, CPU usage, memory usage, drive capacity limits, network activity, and a few extra options.
The application can monitor and report on hundreds of statistics, including Windows' uptime, the number of files in the recycling bin, the percentage of physical memory used, and the PC's current IP address. This makes it easy for users to keep track of various system levels on the fly, as it resides docked on the desktop.
Other tools in SysMetrix include a mixer for changing the various volume levels (MIDI, CA audio, Line-In, etc.), sequencing with the atomic clock, means to quickly check email, and lots more. Panel buttons give quick access to Explorer and the Control Panel while the main menu grants access to a separate weather screen that tracks and graphs the rise and fall of temperature, pressure, and humidity.
SysMetrix is free to download and use. Various themes can be downloaded and installed by heading here.