for my personal convinience I made a small application to monitor the shard status and display an icon on the traybar. It's working for me, so I thought maybe you like it as well. Currently I consider it an alpha release since I haven't done extensive testing. Try it out it you want, but I will take no responsibilties for any damaged cause whatsoever.
To install the application simply extract the Zip to wherever you like and double click the application.
You can also download the Visual Express C$ 2010 project sources if you interested in the source code. Please send me any modifications on the source code you make.
Of course and as usual and feedback is highly appreciated. Upcoming releases will probably feature language translations as well.
P.S.: If this application is unwanted by TRION, please tell me so I can remove it ASAP.
P.P.S.: I had to upload the files to Dropbox since they are too large for the forum.