In my previous Tiger life that I can’t talk much about, Dashboard was a nice new feature, but certainly not my favorite. Now in my current and open Tiger existence, I must say, I really like this new goodie.
I think part of my ambivalence before was because I was using the standard widgets that Apple provided. They’re nice, but who really needs another clock? Now that the cat is out of the bag, there are lots of new widgets available on Apple’s Dashboard page. And most of them are really cool.
OK, I’ll admit that one of my favorites is the TV Tracker widget by Monkey Business Labs. (I wasn’t that familiar with them before, but I sure am now. Widgets can make great promo pieces for your software company…) I hate using the on-screen channel guide provided by the cable companies. TV Tracker lets me find out instantly what’s on the channels that I care about. I’ll never miss the Daily Show again.
BTW: we have an article going up on Mac DevCenter today that shows you how to write your own Dashboard widget. And it’s really quite easy.
On the bummer side of the Tiger upgrade, I’m having real problems syncing my Sony Ericsson T637 to iCal. I walked through the set up wizard and ran iSync. It acted as though it was updating my phone, but at the end of the process, I got an error message that my phone was out of memory.
After many retries and adjustments, I still couldn’t get it to work. I had to go back to my Panther machine and resync. Thanks to Panther, I now have my data back on the phone, but still not sure what’s going on with the new version of iSync.
I’ve read other weblogs stating similar troubles. So I have a feeling this is not an isolated problem. If you have any suggestions, please post them in the talkbacks below.