It’s never a good sign when a site is left for as long as this one has been ‘in progress’, but I have been busy. Among the number of projects and distractions I have been dealing with is a new technology (or rather a new use of existing technology) by Apple. The Dashboard is part of OS X 10.4 (usually called Tiger) and serves as a host to small programs called Widgets.
   They are mostly made with web technology, Javascript, HTML and CSS are the three main components, but they can also use plugins written in other languages but I haven’t gotten that far yet. I’ve been involved with three widgets so far, but have been dismayed to find my work turning up in other ones that haven’t had the decency to mention that the work they are touting as their own, actually comes from me. That really pisses me off. The worst was a guy called Rik, who when confronted with the fact that the code he pushed as his was entirely copied from the NZMac.com widget I helped write only responded with

“jep, because there was nobody who wanted to help me… (that’s why I borrowed some codes of you ) “

grrrrr


   Anyway, as I mentioned above I have had a hand in three widgets. NZMac.com had some RSS feed code from a tutorial online, and had turned this into a working widget, but it needed finishing. I got it auto refreshing, saving preferences, and reporting its status. This is the one that got copied by SmallApple.com who gave us three developers credit, and then we got copied by that Rik character and not even mentioned. Craigslist was written in one day for a guy setting up a design company. He needed some way to get the name out there and since Craigslist.com is so popular he thought he’d use that as a vehicle. I even got paid of it which was useful. But the one I am most proud of, the one I did for myself is LiveWidget (Josh Allen did the widget graphics). It’s a client for LiveJournal, the super popular blog site. A few LJ widgets came out, but my one seems to have taken the lead for the moment, because it uses the XML-RPC interface and is capable of getting information back from the server rather than just posting to it. It can handle the normal stuff like Music and Mood, and then goes onto post to the user’s own “friend groups” and can even post to moderated communites. I’ll be adding User Icons soon, and I’m waiting on user requests to see where else I can take it.
   I’ve got a few more ideas to put into code, but while I’m dealing with other things development is back in slow mode. Stay tuned though, the website is high on my ToDo list.

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