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Sprint’s “Now” Data Overload Widget – My New Screensaver

Via John Gruber, Sprint, for some reason (marketing, obviously), has put up a giant Flash-based, um, dashboard display widget thingy, called “Now”, with a HUGE amount of data. Just let it all wash over you. Swim in the data. Perfect for info-crack addicts like me:

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The audio bits are a little annoying. Wish there was a way to turn them off.

This is my new screensaver, for now, thanks to IdleWeb, a cool free little Mac app that lets you display any web page as your screensaver. I had been using the Digg Arc visualization. We’ll see how long this one lasts. For my screensaver, I can’t stand just some random visualization. I want realtime ambient data streaming across my screen when I’m not

Know what would be really cool? An open, customizeable, hackable version of this. Like iGoogle, My Yahoo, or NetVibes run amok. A framework to build and display the data, and a library of widgets to show realtime information. THAT would be awesome. Someone get on building that, would you? :-)

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2 thoughts on “Sprint’s “Now” Data Overload Widget – My New Screensaver

  1. Bill Leininger says:

    Along the top edge of your keyboard, you’ll find a bunch of keys labelled “F”.

    If you’re on a Mac, and are running Mac OS 10.4 or later, hit “F12”

    There, see how easy that was?

    Now all you have to do is get developers to adopt a more uniform color scheme.

  2. Heh. I’m aware of the Dashboard. But it doesn’t work for what I want, for a couple of reasons. First, none of the widgets animate. They don’t DO anything. Kind of boring to look at in a screensaver. Second, I’m not aware of any apps/hacks to display your Dashboard widgets as a screensaver. I wouldn’t be surprised if such a thing exists, but in the end, I don’t want it, because Dashboard is static.

    I do understand that what I’m talking about (a system for displaying widgets) is very similar to what Dashboard does. But it’s different in a fundamental way. I want something web based (I’d prefer it wasn’t Flash, but I know that’s the best way to animate stuff), so it’s completely platform independent. There’s too much fragmentation in the widget world. iGoogle. Netvibes. My Yahoo. Apple’s Dashboard. Windows Gadgets. Yahoo Widgets. Too many choices, none is a good solution for what I’m talking about.

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