Monday, July 25th 2005

Yesterday Yahoo announced that it has scooped up Konfabulator. The most immediate effect is that the ‘pro’ version of Konfabulator is now free!

Konfabulator is a program that emulates for windows quite nicely the widget functionality found in Mac OS X Tiger. While the two systems are not compatible with each other, the end result is the same. You download small ‘widgets’ which display on your desktop. In case the idea isn’t entirely clear, here’s what my desktop looks like with the widgets I use:

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I just have four simple ones – weather, a ‘to do’ list, a Flickr photo uploader, and a CPU usage monitor.

Speaking of Flickr, Yahoo owns them too. Would be nice to see a more fully functioning widget for use with the site. Supposedly widgets are simple to create – being completely coded in Javascript. I might have to look into it.

On a side note, how cool would a ‘search the library’ widget be?

25. July 2005 by Chad Haefele
Categories: General, Libraries/Info Sci, Tech | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. I want a widget. But I’m afraid my mental image of a widget, as a furry little animal with a black button nose, would be magically projected into my hard-drive, thus screwing my computer to hell… again. Let me know what your thoughts on this are. Cheers.

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  3. Well, what does it take to make a widget? I’ll happily contribute what I know about searching III and Dynix web catalogs! What about an EBSCO search, or a customizable widget that will work with confederated searching?


  4. Great idea. It inspired us – my colleague just made a CISTI Search Widget.


  5. tell you what, before you decide if you need widgets, get yourself a mac mini, or any mac, but a mini is fine as it will be worth your while, cos its inexpensive and you’ll also thank me for suggesting it. AFTER that download all the widgetsyou can find on the web, and you’ll thank me for telling you this, cos I’ve just changed your life, and so the question of whether you need widgets DOES NOT come up.

    huat LIM

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