Linked by David Adams on Thu 28th Apr 2005 07:05 UTC
Mac OS X OSNews reviews Apple's latest OS upgrade. Is it an overpriced, glorified point release or a truly worthy upgrade with major new functionality? Is it a Longhorn killer or just more of the same? We'll take a look, and try to see what's on the surface as well as what's under the hood.
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RE: Ripping Off and Backup Utilities
by gedto on Thu 28th Apr 2005 16:55 UTC

"I have been using Macs since the late 80s. The only desk accessory was the calculator. It never updated itself, never went to WWW to gather real time data such as weather. That came with Konfabulator. Just because Apple is now doing it using html and Java does not mean it did not lift features of Konfabulator."

C'mon! That's absurd! First of all, Desk Accessories were not only Calculator - that's FUD. What about Notepad, Keycaps, Puzzle, Clock, ControlPanel... As you see, the main widgets are the very same that ship w/ Dashboard. And - evidently - Desk Accessories didn't gather info from the Internet because there just was no Internet to access!!

Konfabulator is a remake of Desk Accessories. But it runs a particular Javascript engine, and is veeeery memory consuming (it leaks memory everywhere) - most widgets use up to 20MB of RAM, as much as Safari. Dashboard is much lighter, cleaner, easier to develop, standard and can be put away in a second. Plus it's integrated into the system - heard about Thesaurus, Dictionary...?

Dashboard is miles ahead of Konfabulator. Plus it's an Apple original idea, revisited. Period.