Linked by David Adams on Wed 12th Feb 2003 22:58 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's a cool little app called Konfabulator for Mac OS X that allows you to display, build, and modify little "widgets" for your desktop, like the weather, a clock, or the OSNews top stories, updated continuously! Screenshot here. Thanks to Adam Pearson for the source sample. Additionally, we added support for a truckload of mobile devices and we would need your help testing them.
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DesktopX anyone?
by me on Wed 12th Feb 2003 23:35 UTC

This looks a lot like Stardock's DesktopX for Windows.
http://www.stardock.com/products/desktopx/

Background
by Matt on Wed 12th Feb 2003 23:45 UTC

Eugenia, where could one get that desktop background? Is it included in OSX? Please post a link or something - I want it for my WinXP background - it's very clean, simple, and pretty ;)

Argh!..plucker!
by Taras on Wed 12th Feb 2003 23:53 UTC

Hey not fair..You mentioned AvantGO, but I see no mention of plucker(plkr.org) support.

Re: Background
by Jay on Wed 12th Feb 2003 23:53 UTC

Matt, that's one of the OS X backgrounds that comes with the system

Blackberry!
by Joseph Petrus on Wed 12th Feb 2003 23:57 UTC

At least I can view the headlines on my blackberry, but why not let us (wap browser) people see the content too? I don't really know how wap works, but I'm assuming it is possible because I read other news sites using wap...

Wow!
by Jay on Wed 12th Feb 2003 23:58 UTC

This OS News upgrade - wow! I'll have to go get some devices! :-)

new safari update also
by yoyo on Wed 12th Feb 2003 23:59 UTC

cool lil konfab source for osnews!
I like these apps like konfab that are showing up for OS X.

Nice...
by qwilk on Thu 13th Feb 2003 00:09 UTC

...really cool OSNews widget! However, would it be possible to add a prefs setting to make the window expand either upwards (ie. above the "title" bar) or downwards? That way you could place it anywhere you want - I prefer things at the bottom of the screen myself... ;)

...or...
by qwilk on Thu 13th Feb 2003 00:12 UTC

...just make the entire window expand upwards, ie. moving the "titlebar" upwards to fit the news item bars below...? ;)

Editing Widget
by David Adams on Thu 13th Feb 2003 00:14 UTC

I'm afraid that would be beyond my capabilities, but you're welcome to download and edit the widget yourself. Konfabulator widgets are Javascript, so knock yourself out!

Truckload. TRUCKload... ;-)
by Jace on Thu 13th Feb 2003 00:18 UTC

not trackload... ;-)

Cool software, btw...

WAP
by Eugenia on Thu 13th Feb 2003 00:28 UTC

> At least I can view the headlines on my blackberry, but why not let us (wap browser) people see the content too?

WAP is only suitable for very short messages. Headlines is already s for WAP, and we even can't render on some older WAP phones, because they don't follow the spec. WAP is a worse mess than HTML browser support is. It is a nightmare, so please be happy with pure headlines... If your BlackBerry already can read our wap files, I am more than happy with that capability. ;)

Testing
by Eugenia on Thu 13th Feb 2003 00:30 UTC

BTW, I added all this support for these devices just this morning, but I don't have emulators for all to test with. If you have a PocketPC PDA or a Zaurus PDA or any other of the devices listed in the article, please test it and let me know if you can see the ads or not. If you CAN'T see the vertical bar and the ads, then we are ok! Thanks!

wow...
by Evan on Thu 13th Feb 2003 02:23 UTC

I love this thing, needs some more widgets, or different versions of ones, or more advanced ones at least.

Thanks eugenia, awesome app.

Upload your osnews widget to konfabs gallery
by yoyo on Thu 13th Feb 2003 03:22 UTC

good way to get more readers ;) .

Hmm?
by Graeme on Thu 13th Feb 2003 04:29 UTC

Tell me...I have konfabulator installed and downloaded the OSNews-fabulation, but it doesn't want to show me the top ten stories? Just shows the main OSNews Bar and that's it...

RE: Hmm?
by Eugenia on Thu 13th Feb 2003 04:41 UTC

can you please send a screenshot? Have you clicked on the (-) sign there? Have you installed the latest Konfabulator and then selected the osnews widget via its menu? thanks.

Reguarding: Re: Hmmm?
by Graeme on Thu 13th Feb 2003 05:01 UTC

I've clicked the (-) btn and i've clicked the plus and I clicked my desktop a couple of times for good measure but no joy.

RSS Feed
by nnooiissee on Thu 13th Feb 2003 05:51 UTC

Haven't tried Konfabulator (with 17 applications open, and many windows, seeing my desktop is a rare thing), but I'm quite enjoying NetNewsWire (the OSNews Moz Sidebar is going unused now). I'm wondering if OSNews could send out the first paragraph of articles as well as the headlines?

RE: RSS Feed
by Eugenia on Thu 13th Feb 2003 06:39 UTC

Naaah.. most of our articles are just a paragraph anyway... If we do that, you won't have to come over here, and then we can't pay hosting. ;-)

Pocket IE
by Androo on Thu 13th Feb 2003 10:38 UTC

I've been browsing OSNews on PocketIE w/ AvantGo for some time now. Works well on the first page, but browsing any deeper and I still get the ads and sidebars which make browsing a pain. Is there a 'lite' version of OSNews somewhere with limited images and formatted for the screen of a PocketPC?

Re: Pocket IE
by Androo on Thu 13th Feb 2003 10:42 UTC

Whoops, wrong topic (how'd I do that?). My appologies.

Re: Blackberry
by Anonymous on Thu 13th Feb 2003 10:56 UTC

If your BlackBerry already can read our wap files, I am more than happy with that capability. ;)

Maybe you could view the OSNews pages from mobiledoc www.xerox.com/mdoc

.. Maybe ...

Multiple Desktops
by Man at Arms on Thu 13th Feb 2003 14:20 UTC

Which multiple desktop program are you using in that pic?

RE:Multiple Desktops
by Squidgee on Thu 13th Feb 2003 17:08 UTC

That's CodeTek's Virtual Desktop (Google for it). It's a great little app; download it today!

RE: PocketIE
by Eugenia on Thu 13th Feb 2003 18:21 UTC

Androo, please tell me which page exactly shows the ads with your PDA. It should have work perfectly with all our pages, not just the front page. Please let me know which page that is that shows the ads (comments, story ?)