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by Tom Nelson

One of the cool features of OS X is the Dashboard, a special environment where widgets, those mini-applications designed to perform a single task, reside.

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Now, widgets are pretty cool. They let you quickly access productive or just plain fun applications by switching to the Dashboard environment, you can even create your own Dashboard widgets. The not-so-cool part of widgets is the Dashboard environment. Apple created Dashboard so that widgets would run inside a special protected area. You can think of Dashboard as a corral; the widgets inside Dashboard can’t get to the system or user data outside Dashboard. The downside is that you have to leave the Mac desktop and enter the special Dashboard application in order to access your widgets, a process that makes widgets inherently second-class application citizens. I would much rather have the widgets I want to use available at all times, right on my desktop.

Luckily for us, that’s actually pretty easy to do.

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