Windows 7 Custom Notification Area Program?

As a curiosity of mine I've messed around with several types of shell replacements for the standard Windows7 Explorer.exe. However, I've found that most of them do not have any form of "Notification Area". So I was curious if anyone knew of a program that had a notification area or how I would go about accessing the data for it without using the standard taskbar?

If such a thing exists already, my GoogleFu wasn't good enough to find it.


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