Technological Idealism...

Important note for everyone

These widgets have started to break down as the web services they rely on have changed or been disconnected. They've had a good run, but I've been too busy to fix them, so I consider them to be retired. I've removed them from Apple's download page and any widget index site I could find them on. I'm leaving them up here because they have been donated to the public domain, and therefore anyone with more time than I can take them, learn from them, extend them, (fix them?), etc. and I want to encourage this behavior. But, at least for the next year I'll be unable to work on them.


Share Switch v0.8 (public domain)

I like transferring files between computers with Personal File Sharing. But I hate the whole System Preferences->wait->Sharing->wait->click-on-the-checkbox->wait! rigamarole I normally have to go through to turn it on and off. That's why I made this widget.

Share Switch not only provides you with a graphical representation of whether sharing is enabled or not, it also lets you turn sharing on and off from right from your Dashboard (and looks good doing it). No more Applescript! No more System Preferences! Take control of Personal File Sharing in seconds with Share Switch!

Dashflix Widget v1.3 (public domain)

If you're like me, you are both obsessive and a Netflix customer. Now you can compulsively check your list of "At Home" movies, complete with estimated delivery dates, from your desktop. Flip over the widget, and you'll see a list of all the movies in your queue. Click on any movie to bring up Netflix's summary of the film in question.

As continues to update their web page to be more standards compliant, I try to keep pace with Dashflix. Version 1.3 is my latest effort and works as of Aug/27/2006. I thank you for your patience.

Dashflix mini Widget v1.3 (public domain)

Another one for you small display owners out there. Dashflix mini has 100% of the features and none of the kitsch of its big brother. And at a fetching 271x221, it leaves plenty of room for other widgets, even on a small display.

As continues to update their web page to be more standards compliant, I try to keep pace with Dashflix. Version 1.3 is my latest effort and works as of Aug/27/2006. I thank you for your patience.

Qwantz-O-Matic v1.0
(pictures and comics ©Ryan North; the rest public domain)

The website serves up the best dinosaur comics on the net. The Qwantz-O-Matic widget serves up the best on your dashboard.

Browse the entire catalog of Dinosaur Comics, search for a specific issue, make and peruse a list of favorites... you can even minimize the widget into a picture of T-Rex! Perfect for posing. Replete with sexy dropshadows. Both as small as Calculator and as big as life itself... Qwantz-O-Matic is almost a necessity for anyone who reads text descriptions of widgets!

WoW Server Status Widget v2.1 (public domain)

If you like Warcraft, you'll like my LFG shirt! Available here!

This widget lets you check the up/down status of your favorite US or European World of Warcraft server from dashboard.

Version 2.1 (3/06) fixes an elusive bug which prevented some US servers from loading or correctly displaying their status. Credit goes to Brian Marsh, Mike Erwin, and Mike Zigon for the helpful bug reports!

Lost Widget v1.0 (public domain)

Lost fans, behold my new shirt! You can get it here.

Every 108 minutes, the button must be pushed. From the moment the alarm sounds, you will have four minutes to enter the code into the microcomputer processor.

Congratulations! Until your replacements arrive, the future of the project is in your hands. On behalf of the Degroots, Alvar Hanso and all of us at the Dharma Initiative, thank you. Namaste. And good luck.

foo Widget v0.4.3

This widget is a blank template with common functionality already wired up. Beginners can use it as a "best practices" guide to writing widgets. Experts can use it as a starting-point to cut down on development time and keep their code organized. And it's distributed for free without a license, so you don't have to worry about attribution!

Features include a fading "i" button, "Done" button, automatic version string, a working random() method, xmlHttpRequest implementation, debugging methods, and more!

Pool Ball Widget v0.0

For reasons best left for them to explain, lawyers representing Mattel have asked I cease and desist the distribution of this pool-ball shaped oracle.

An Apple Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is required to run these Dashboard widgets. If you're using the Safari web browser, simply click on one of the links above and the widget will be downloaded and installed. If you're using a browser other than Safari, download the file manually, unarchive it, and place it in the Library/Widgets/ directory under your home folder.
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