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By the Dashboard light  4

I was thinking about Dashboard the other day and how little I use it - when I first heard about it I imagined having several thousand widgets running in the background, sapping all my iMac’s CPU cycles.

For the uninitiated, Dashboard is a feature of Mac OS X Tiger and, put simply, is a second desktop where you can have none, some or many “widgets” performing various functions and supplying you with information. These widgets are basically little programs and their uses range from simple clocks and calendars to weather displays and web-cams to translation tools and unit converters. There are several hundred different widgets available for download, some free and some not.

I only have five widgets running on my Dashboard, most of which aren’t entirely necessary and only really serve as something to look at.

First up we have the standard calendar view with the simply superb iCal Events, the only widget I couldn’t live without:

Date widget iCal Events widget

Then we have my view on brother’s world - he moved to Oswego, Illinois, last year (both these widgets come with Tiger):

Clock widget Weather widget

And last, but by no means least, we have the completely narcissistic but completely addictive ShortStat widget:

ShortStat widget

So, there you have it: a particularly uninteresting view of my Dashboard. If any of you are running Tiger then let me know which widgets you find indispensable.

Comments

Hi Timmargh, Love all the widgets you have on your dashboard, but I have never heard of the IX mac tiger thing, Is it a special computer desktop? I find all the widgets for programmes on my desktop useful like Aol Free Trial, Paint, Minesweeper, but not the programmes that lead you into gammes because for two reasons, One is they take a long time to run, and second is my mate Chris put them there! - Katie Fraser

Hi Katie! Mac OS X Tiger is the operating system that runs on Apple computers such as the iMac - most PC’s use Windows (usually) and most Apple Macs use OS X. - Timmargh

Hey Timmargh, those widgets look pretty cool. But do you honestly really need them? - Daniel Harper (gamesfreak)

Not really - I said in the main text: "I only have five widgets running on my Dashboard, most of which aren’t entirely necessary and only really serve as something to look at." - Timmargh