John Gruber of Daring Fireball has an excellent essay about the whole Dashboard vs. Konfabulator controversy. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the guys who wrote this application think that Apple’s new Dashboard is a rip-off of their idea. Gruber basically tears that allegation to shreds. Good on ‘im. I looked at Konfabulator a while ago but didn’t really see the point of using it. Dashboard, on the other hand, looks like something that could be really useful. I love the fact that the “widgets” (or gadgets or whatever they’re calling them) are basically little web pages, built using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. I’m already envisioning writing my own blog posting widget as an alternative to bookmarklets. Ooh, and you could have one that alerts you if you have new Gmail (since there doesn’t seem to be a convenient way to do that on OS X yet)! The possibilities are endless here, really.

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