Thanks. I had tried out conky with the default config and never pursued it further. A little experimentation with a .conkyrc file and it looks much better.
If you would post your .conkyrc file I'd appreciate it. I'm sure I've just scratched the surface of what can be done with it.
32 bit core4.7.7, Xprogs, Xorg-7.6, wbar, jwm
PPR, data persistence through filetool.sh
USB Flash drive, one partition, ext2, grub4dos
"sudo" is in no way related to "judo", which
involves physically throwing a user to the floor,
usually just prior to pummeling him.