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Dashboard Widgets for Mac OS X

Created by Dan Carlson

The Dashboard in Mac OS X provides a great way to get quick access to small but useful tools during everyday computer use. The best part is that they’re so easy to create: they’re basically just tiny web pages with a bit of extra scripting thrown in! So, since I have so much fun creating my own website anyway, I figured it was pretty straightforward to go ahead and make some widgets of my own. Keep your eye on this space... I’ll probably be adding more as time goes on!

Dashboard widgets require Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later. To install a widget, click the download link. If you’re using Safari, the widget will be automatically installed and activated for you after it has finished downloading. Otherwise, double-click the widget to activate and install it in your Dashboard.

Important: If you're running OS X Lion or later with Gatekeeper enabled, you will need to secondary click (right click, or control-click) on the widget and choose "Open" from the menu to install the widget. I'm working on making my widget Gatekeeper-ready, but it's slow going for me...

See also: Change log

Warp Speed Calculator

Version 1.1, released November 1, 2007

Have you ever wondered how long it would really take the Enterprise to travel from Earth to Vulcan at warp 5? Or how far the Defiant could possibly get at warp 9 in just five days? What about figuring out how fast Voyager’s maximum speed (Warp 9.975) is in multiples of the speed of light?

The Warp Speed Calculator is designed to answer these questions. Simply input two of three variables (speed, distance, and time), and the widget will calculate the third for you. It will even convert equivalent units, like years to days, light-years to parsecs, or warp factors to multiples of c. And you, too, can sound like a Treknology expert!

Download Warp Speed Calculator [176 KB]

Astronomical Distance Converter

Work in Progress

Screenshot of Astronomical Distance Converter Have you ever wondered just how far a light-year is, measured in kilometers? If Voyager detects a Borg cube 1.2 billion kilometers away, how many astronomical units is that? How far a distance did the Bajoran Wormhole bridge, in parsecs? Get the answers to these questions and more. Like Mac OS X’s built-in Unit Converter widget, the Astronomical Distance Converter will calculate equivalent units, from kilometers, astronomical units, light-years, parsecs, kiloparsecs, and megaparsecs.

Stardate Converter

Work in Progress

This page was last modified on Wednesday, July 03, 2013.