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Are there any todo list / notepad desktop widgets? Bonus points if it can sync with Google's tasks list!

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You can install Google Calendar gadget to get google tasks on the desktop. Check this url for more info:

UPDATE: You can also use systray apps like Googsystray and CloudSN. have a look at here:

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There is a great one for KDE if you have Kubuntu called Google/Gmail tasks or something like that.

Or if you're adventurous and running Unity, you might try the directions here:

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I use AWN for my bottom of the screen icons and this has a built in to-do list applet (only useful to you if you use AWN).

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