“Over the weekend I was checking the Apple site to find some useful widgets. I found some good ones, but in the process of browsing I came across some rather useless ‘Gaming’ widgets. Between all of the strange ones I installed, here are the ones that I find the most useless.”
Pretty Useless Widgets: Games
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2005-12-12 9:56 pmBest
You mean: “Like the Yoda widget do I.”
2005-12-12 10:03 pmdylansmrjones
Aah.. Sorry I am
a post about the most useless widgets you could possibly find? you have to be kidding me.
2005-12-12 5:46 pmRGCook
With the hoopla surrounding widgets in OS X Tiger and Konfabulator (now free), and the implementation of some variant in forthcoming Vista, not to mention Sidebar, Sidecar and whatever the hell else is generating widget buzz….!!!!
Unfortunately yes, this is news. You have to take the good with the bad. The computer industry is very much a flamboyant fashion slave to the latest cool thing. Not that we all haven’t noticed this – methinks folks like us are the fuel at times!
Fess up folks – who among us haven’t (at least once) had our KDE Desktop so bogged down with Superkaramba widgets it was like a pyschotic fashion designer on the loose. The question is rhetorical for Gnome fans!
Widgets will fade into obscurity just like so many cool ideas before it. I still think they are searching for their proper use in the desktop and from what I have seen, those folks aver at KDE have some pretty cool ideas about how to make a mess of widgets actually useful and proper.
2005-12-12 10:00 pmBest
“The question is rhetorical for Gnome fans!”
Not so, we have our own Widget system to deal with: gDesklets. And there are indeed people who use them to the point of absurdity.
This article wasted my time like a minute or 3.
2005-12-12 10:54 pmAnonymous
I completely turned off Dashboard. Not only does it prevent me from having the urge to waste time on a few widgets, but I know that I’m probably saving some system resources by doing so. 😀
2005-12-12 10:05 pmdylansmrjones
And you have a greater chance of avoiding insanity. Happy there is no Yoda widget for Gnome, I am.
2005-12-12 11:44 pmAnonymous
It’s much too late in the game to avoid it.
2005-12-12 11:48 pm
2005-12-13 2:14 pmchrish
I turned off Dashboard, too… a couple hours after I installed Konfabulator on my XP box at work. Konfabulator is now running on all the systems I use, I love it.
Still haven’t thought of a good widget to make for it though (other than the City of Heroes server status widget that I haven’t finished yet).
what a waste of time! get a job!
Someone should port those useless widgets to Avedesk………………. X-D
that the poster didn’t dig a little bit more, as there are even more useless widgets…
Isn’t there a way to kick the “news” poster out of OS news? I mean before were at least news. Freaking wasting my time following the RSS feed for this so called news.
Didn’t have to read the article.
There are a few widgets I find useful. Local and remote weather proves to be handy and I find it interesting to see how many earthquakes are reported on a daily basis.
There are a few others that are mildly interesting but overall I don’t use widgets on a daily basis, a good indicator of how useful the functionality is in my workflow, ie. not very much.
I haven’t looked at all of them so maybe there is one out there that would totally make sense to have for me.
At this point it makes sense to shut down those that you’re not actually going to use. I’ve had a puzzled friend who couldn’t understand why his machine had gotten so slow until we showed him what a terrific burden on the system his 50 widgets were…
I wouldn’t write widgets off just yet. If the technology can mature a bit, they could still have their use.
…I like the Yoda widget