The Google Docs Gadget is recognized across the web as a valuable Lab tool. For example, this article includes it in its list of "Recommended Gmail & Calendar Labs."
As described in this document the Labs gadget:
Adds a box in the left column which displays your Google Docs. Shows recent docs, starred docs, and has fast search.Really nice functions. Saves you from having to open a new Drive window just to open, create, or search for a document.
Every now and then something went "bump" in the background and it wouldn't work for a while. Then without a word it'd start back working.
It was useful enough to put up with this level of support.
This spring the search function began getting errors. I looked at it and the problem was just that the syntax for the URL for Google Drive's search had changed. Looked like a trivial change so I thought I'd just wait and it'd be fixed when they got around to it.
Then last week the gadget disappeared from my e-mail. And from the Google Labs page. It looks like some of Google's "Spring Cleaning" had killed the Lab gadget.
A quick search of the Google Forums showed that I was not alone. One of the posts even had a quick work-around including how to implement it.
I copied his XML and made minor changes. Then I uploaded it to my web site and added it as a gadget via URL.
Here's what my version looks like:
Here's the xml: