Konfabulator is one of those things which I have been meaning to check out for quite sometime. Since seeing the Dashboard idea in OSX 10.4, I have thought it was a pretty good idea. For example, the amount of times I'm sitting at my laptop and I want to quickly do a complex sum with the built in calculator. Well I have to click start menu, find accesssorys, find calculator. Yes I know I could assign a keyboard short cut but come on. So using widgets in Konfabulator, I am able to click a hot key and get my calculator in without doing any navigating or finding. But thats only the start of things… Theres this really nice widget (UK Train Timetable) which grabs the latest train times from the official Train timetable website and displays any delay's or cancellations.
Not trying to do a lazy web, but heres some thoughts for future widgets.
Del.icio.us adder – What ever webpage you happen to be on can be added to del.icio.us through a widget instead of the browser. There is already a firefox extention which I use which does the same but it would be cool to see a widget too.
Upload to Flickr – Uploading to flickr is simple and there are 2 ways to do so right now. Download a application or do it via a webform. What about a widget which allows you to drag folders of files to be uploaded. Once its finished it opens a webpage where you add the metadata. Or you could do it from the same application too I guess (I prefer not to).
Tell me a route – I use transport for London's Journal planner all the time. It would be so cool if I could just put where I am and where I'm going and it could send the request to TFL. Then chart a route or send the response to the locally installed browser. This would also work with Google maps.
Following on from my last post about RSS and Azureus, I'm thinking once I finally get XML or something structured out of Azureus and its completed or in progress queue. I should build a widget which shows me the latest TV shows downloaded or in progress. Yeah I know Azureus has a little download bar but its too abstract and through cocoon I could get updates for in the same way even when I'm not on my local network but at work or even roaming. Pretty powerful, you have to agree? Yes all I'm doing is reformatting what comes out of cocoon but hey, it can be alot more with a lot more time and coding. Instead of just a list of whats downloading and whats done with percentages. How about a tv lookup so you get a image and nice small percentage instead? Simple and effective.