OSX dashboard widget for recent MeFi threads? June 24, 2005 8:35 PM   Subscribe

So we have a bunch of intelligent os x programmers out there, right? Anybody willing and able to create a dashboard widget that spits out the past 10 threads in MeFi, or favorites that someone might want to track, or threads with the latest comments, etc? I just upgraded to Tiger and love the widgets; unfortunately, not enough of them are seriously practical for me. This, on the other hand, would be very useful.
posted by SeizeTheDay to Feature Requests at 8:35 PM (11 comments total)

Let me see if I can come up with something.
posted by Rothko at 5:35 AM on June 25, 2005


Rothko, if you need any special RSS streams, let me know and I'll create them.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:22 AM on June 25, 2005


I can put a pot of coffee on...
posted by i_cola at 9:26 AM on June 25, 2005


This thread reminded me that Dashboard actually exists on my machine. I really, really wish it wasn't limited to that quasi-otherworldly-desktop-dimension. I'd love to plop some of those things right on my desktop, just like with konfabulator. Are there any workarounds/hacks to make that a reality?

Otherwise, I'll say "oh neat!!" after installing Rothko's widget, then a week from now forget all about it since I never see it.
posted by odinsdream at 9:50 AM on June 25, 2005


Setup a keyboard shortcut, odinsdream, that's easy to reach for quick access. I was having the same problem (I took the clock off of the top right bar and stuck it as a widget instead). Now I'm a keystroke away. I don't have a three button mouse (yet), but I wonder if you could setup the third button as dashboard access?

Thanks for the effort Rothko.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 10:03 AM on June 25, 2005


Right now I have the bottom right corner of my screen set up as the Dashboard hotcorner, so just swinging the mouse there gets my widgets on-screen. But, having them with my other programs would really be nice.
posted by odinsdream at 10:10 AM on June 25, 2005


I really, really wish it wasn't limited to that quasi-otherworldly-desktop-dimension. I'd love to plop some of those things right on my desktop

Amnesty Widget Browser
posted by kindall at 11:10 AM on June 25, 2005


This, on the other hand, would be very useful.

Yep. I'd hit it.
posted by soyjoy at 2:37 PM on June 25, 2005


kindall, thanks for the link! It looks a little unstable right now, but it is a beta, so I'll definitely be watching the progress of this project. Thanks!
posted by odinsdream at 8:18 PM on June 25, 2005


Funny, since I think the quasi-otherworldly-desktop-dimension is much nicer than having them on the desktop (which I hardly ever see) like in Konfabulator. Then again, I just press F12 on the PowerBook and there they are.
posted by keijo at 2:23 AM on June 26, 2005


To detach a widget from the Dashboard, use this command (in the Terminal:)

defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES

Then, restart the Dock (or log out and in again.) Activate Dashboard, click and drag a widget, then press F12, while holding the mouse button, and the widget will hover over the normal windows. Reverse for getting it back into Dashboard. Not ideal, but intended for developers. More info in this thread.
posted by ijoshua at 4:59 PM on June 26, 2005 [1 favorite]


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