If you use the functions provided in the FAQ or forums it works fine. Does exactly what it says on the box.
Any faults are not the result of the plugin itself, but the inability of the user to use the correct syntax etc. (not saying that in an insulting way, just stating the cause)
I don't know any php but I found exactly what I needed to do in the FAQ. Setting my widget to display on my front page took me about 20 seconds.
I just copied and pasted this function,
in the widget logic space provided. Done!
Did exactly what I wanted.