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What & Why

I'm not really sure why I did this. I recently created a dashboard widget for an RPN calculator (rpnCalc) and it was a fun exercise. That was something useful though. I wanted to do another widget, but something that tended more towards the fanciful.

My buddy Marc has a daily calendar of Bush quotes. It's quite the event as he reads the quote of the day to the gathered masses in the morning. I thought, hey, I could share this delightful experience with the world at large by creating a widget. So, If the DailyTao is not presenting you with enough befuddlement on your desktop, I now give you wSpeak—a widget that gives you a daily quote from our 43rd president,George W. Bush.

The Outlaw Widget

For some unknown reason, this widget is too hot to handle at both Apple and MacUpdate. Apple flat-out refuses to list it on their site. MacUpdate listed it for about two hours and then took it down. Nevermind the fact that at MacUpdate the most downloaded widget is a Hula Girl that allows you to put a dancing Jesus on your dashboard. That's okay, no problem there. Showing actually undoctored quotes from the president, well that's getting too hot to handle. What a bunch of wusses!

How to Download

For all the details on how to use widgets, consult the documentation on your Mac. Basically, you need to be using OS X 10.4 or higher. Click the icon below. If you are using Safari, the widget will install automagically. If you are using another browser, you'll need to unzip the downloaded file (which will then be called wSpeak.wdgt) and put it in your /Library/Widgets directory. Then, when you start your dashboard you'll see the icon for the wSpeak widget (shown below), drag it on to your dashboard and you are good to go.


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Other Widgets

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The Legal Mumbo Jumbo

This Software is freeware. I make no claims about it's accuracy or fitness for use. On the upside, you are free to use it in any way you see fit; I won't even take your donation, much less ask for it. In addition, you are free to use the code in anyway you like. Modify it, use it to learn something about dashboard widgets, the possibilities seem endless and magical.

As part of the deal, Apple asks that I tell you the following...

Mac OS X v.10.4 Tiger is required. If you're using Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget's icon in the Widget Bar to open it. If you're using a browser other than Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, unarchive it and place it in /Library/Widgets/ in your home folder. Show Dashboard, click the plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget's icon in the Widget Bar to open it.