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Dine-O-Matic (and the Dashboard widgets we love)

Dine-O-Matic - Dashboard - Food

I've never quite taken to Dashboard the way a lot of folks have. Like that completely baffling Spotlight results "window," it seems to just kind of live off in its own little neighborhood -- one that's just far enough away to discourage frequent visits. “Jeez, Merlin, how lazy can you get about hitting F12?!?”

Annnnnnyhow, I finally found a "business case" for Dashboard today with the discovery of the perfectly-delightful Dine-O-Matic, a beautiful and free (as in beer) little widget from the graphical savants over at Iconfactory. This does precisely one thing: it chooses a random restaurant for you to eat at. That's it. No more whiny rounds of "'What do you want?' and 'No, what do you want?'" Because we now have comely robots to make these decisions for us. The dining-out singularity is near!

You just pop in the names and cuisine-types of all your local haunts, and then hit the big blue plate. The widget flashes and churns like a slot machine, then picks out the place you and your party will dine. Awesome. Yay, Dashboard.

setup results!
Dine-O-Matic Setup Dine-O-Matic Results

We haven't talked too much about Dashboard around here, but I'd love to hear from you guys:

Which widgets have made you love Dashboard? Has Dashboard become an integrated part of your overall workflow? Or is it just a pretty amusement park? (not that this is bad)

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I almost forgot a cool...

I almost forgot a cool little implimentation that makes my Dashboard system work for me. I don't remember where I got it from, but I have installed a screensaver called "DashSaver." Basically, it makes your dashboard be your screensaver, with the added feature of making a colored background instead of the tranparent dimmy thing that dashboard normally does. This way, whenever I come back to my mac I get an instant reminder as to how long I was away, what I need to do next, what is coming up, all that stuff I wrote in my first post. I can also just walkby my mac and see all that, so if I am cranking out NAs that are not @Mac I can just keep going and check the screen as need be to remind myself. Check it out if you can find it through Google or something.




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