Sunday, October 15, 2006

Dashboard Widgets for Windows

For a windows user like me, just can watch with envy the new eye candy features in Mac OS X and wondering how I can have the same feature on my belove windows.

Before Apple introduce dashboard in their latest Mac OS X, most of mac users already can have widget on their desktop using Konfabulator by Pixoria Inc. "Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your WiFi signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather."

And on November 2004, Pixoria has released Konfabulator 1.8 for both Mac and Windows platform and its instantly bringing its renowned OS X-based functions (and widgets!) to the ubiquitous Windows platform. There is a small community in windows user that love to change their default Windows look to Mac OS X and with the availabilty of Konfabulator to run widgets, some of the talented developers has started porting Tiger Dashboard to run on windows using Konfabulator engine and the results is tremendous.

And until today, quite a number of Dashboard Widgets has being ported to run on windows using Konfabulator and other widget engine like Avedesk, Kapsules, and Stardock DesktopX.

But most of the widgets, has being ported to run on Konfabulator because the flexibility of Konfabulator engine to run various kind widgets, just like Tiger Dashboard. Listed below, few popular widgets that has being ported to windows.

1. Dashboard Weather
Here is my first Konfabulator Widget. After seeing a preview of Tiger (particularly Dashboard), reading about a alternative for Windows (Konfabulator) and seeing the great work of Saladin and Ghostwalker, I decided to make my own contribution. So here it is, the konfab clone of the weather widget.

2. World Clock
World Clock Dashboard for Konfabulator. Based on the Konfabulator WorldClock Pro by Ricky.

3. Sticky Notes
Konfabulator clone of the Dashboard stickies with extras

You can get more Dashboard Widgets for windows at

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Vista Compatible Computer

If you are looking for a new computer you might like to know that a few things are radically changing. Operating Systems to be exact. Although Microsoft has delayed their new Vista Operating System, you would be well advised to get the next best thing. A “Vista Compatible” operating system; so how do you know if your operating system is Vista Compatible?

Well your new computer should say so, right on the box and often in the ads. For instance in the new Dell Catalog and in the Best Buy color advertisements this week you will see the phrase; “Vista Compatible” and you need to make sure that you get a computer, which is. Because in the future things will be changing and you will want to make sure that everything runs right.

In other words new software may not run as well if your system is not Vista Compatible and you will not be as happy with the results of your computer. Apparently the Vista Operating systems leaves the old Windows Operating Systems in the dust. And unless you have a plastic fork and knife and want dirt in your teeth you shouldn’t be eating any of that old stuff. So, do yourself a favor and buy a computer with the new operating system compatible upgrades and you will be glad you did. Think on this in 2006.

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