Having seen Mac OS X desktop widgets, I kind of filed that away for later perusal and got back to that now when I read about the Yahoo! Widgets library in PC Magazine.
Very cool stuff! Widgets are great because you can access data and be presented with that data in a unique GUI that is optmized for that data. No more are we confined to the idiosyncracies of a Web browser - let me tell you, after working on websites for almost 9 years, I am coming to hate the Web browser in many ways as much as I love it for what it can do.
I downloaded the Yahoo! Widgets engine and then checkout a whole bunch widgets, while closing some that aren't really useful for me. My current favorites are:
RSS News Reader by John Hinds - I loaded up all my RSS feeds into here. Nice!
World Clock Pro - the ability to spawn separate clocks for each time zone is really important.
Yahoo! Weather - I love the transparency effects of this widget. Very well done and I can monitor forecasts out 5 days which is important for planning my training days.
Picture Frame - somehow the presentation of this widget is better than many of the filmstrip applications out there. I set it to my favorite Yahoo! Photos folder and let it run. Funny that it doesn't work with Flickr...?
I can't wait for Tetris to show up, or TextTwist...!
Get some now at Yahoo! Widgets.