Sunday, May 01, 2005
Tamed the Tiger - Installed OS X 10.4
Yesterday I picked up my copy of Tiger and installed that on my Mac at home. I was really curious to see Spotlight, their new search technology and Dashboard, their new technology for small networked utilities. I had reserved a copy for Tiger night on Friday evening, but could not pick it up until the following morning.
Now that Apple's OS X platform is maturing, with yearly releases, it is great to see what they can build on this platform. I am sure the guys in Redmond have gotten some extra headache with Tiger. I really like Dashborad, the UI of these small widgets are great, the idea of turning to the back side of the application for configuration. These are the things you can do when the whole UI is fully vectorized. The only thing that annoyed me is that the widgets live inside an application, and hence they are not fully integrated into the OS. It would be handy if these widgets could live alongside any application and Dashboad just gives an aggregated control of all of them. Well next few weeks will be fun times exploring.
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Even though I haven’t had a chance to have a try with the Dashboard, the idea has sounded very good from the beginning. For instance, I have currently a bunch of "secondary" applications running (such as calculator, mp3 player, news ticker) on my PC that 1) I want to stay on the background comparing to the "primary" applications (such as web browser, word processor etc.), but 2) needs to be available very easily when needed. The Dashboard with widgets sounds like a good solution to match that need.
That kind of "Dashboard"-philosophy could be cool thing when applied to the mobile devices as well.
Posted by: Heikki H. at May 2, 2005 11:26:42 PM
Check out http://www.konfabulator.com/ you can have cool widgets on your PC as well! Plus it’s very easy to write you own, for PC and Mac.
Posted by: Chris Byrne at May 3, 2005 11:45:45 AM
do you know anything about planned iSync support for the Nokia 6630?
Posted by: Moritz Petersen at May 3, 2005 11:57:52 AM
I have been hearing a lot of people grousing about the lack of dashboard widgets on this desktop, and I don't quite get it. I love the constraint of the widget in a separate place - people need to discipline themselves to do less multitasking, not more. I'm happy for the possibility of clearling out my sync, bluetooth, airport, language, batter and clock icons out of my toolbar.
Having said that, the Dashboard development environment is Safari, and the framework is brilliantly simple. It took me 90 minutes to write my first mini dashboard app, an rss reader. Webkit is totally open, so building a small piece of software to run a dashboard widget should be trivial.
Posted by: David Jacobs at May 4, 2005 8:27:36 PM
you are talking about interesting things, I like it, thanks.
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