It wasn’t that far back in the day when co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs sang the praises of Dashboard Widgets, those elegant, useful, and mostly free mini-apps that reside on every Mac.
When was the last time that Apple mentioned anything about Widgets? Actually, Apple doesn’t even talk much about the Mac these days so it should come as no surprise that the well hidden Dashboard Widgets don’t get much public love.
Allow me to step up on the soap box and declare my love for Widgets. What could be easier to use? Flick the onscreen pointer to a hot corner of the screen and the Dashboard appears with your collection of Widgets.
Speaking of Widgets, here’s a collection from John Brown you’ll love to use. They’re free.
Dog Age Calculator — Yes, this does what you think it does. It calculates the age of your dog and converts from people years to dog years.
Pig Latin Translator — This has no useful purpose whatsoever, but it might foil the NSA for awhile as they snoop into your Mac. Enter a sentence, phrase or paragraph, and Pig Latin Translator translate it into, yes, Pig Latin.
Cron Age – This one won’t get used often, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Cron Age calculates your chronological age. Enter a birthdate, enter today’s date, and it counts the number of days.
Time Machine – The name is probably wrong because it doesn’t describe what Time Machine does. It lets you find the day of the week for any past, present, or future date.
Population Counter – This one is a little scary. It counts the earth’s population– on the fly. I doubt if it’s accurate but even if it’s an educated guesstimate based upon scientific data to project the population, it’s a grim reminder that we’re not alone. Each of those numbers eats food, drinks water, and breathes air.
There you have it. One Mac app developer’s love for the Mac encompassed in six cool Dashboard Widgets (I didn’t review the Deficit Counter– it’s too depressing).