Category Archives: Mac

The Commodities Widget

The Commodities Widget

I know it’s been a while, but the sequel to the broken Oil Price Widget is now here. The new widget not only shows the oil price, it shows a set of other futures, currencies and indices as well. I named it the Commodities Widget, even though some of the things it shows are not… Continue reading »

Repair Your Old Mac Cheaply

The display of my almost three year old MacBook Pro went black a few weeks ago. I was unwilling to send my MacBook Pro to the landfill* just yet, so I started looking at repair opportunities. I did not buy the $349 3-year AppleCare support plan when I purchased the computer. The scary part is… Continue reading »

The US Dollar Index Widget

Will the USD continue to tank, or will the greenback make a comeback? Follow the day-to-day movements with this widget for Mac OS X. The US dollar index is computed from the exchange rate with the Euro, Yen, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Swedish Krona and the Swiss Franc. It was introduced in 1973 and was initially set to 100. Since then,… Continue reading »

The Doom-O-Meter

Wouldn’t it be nice to be the first to know when something big happens? To get that alert to run for cover delivered automatically to you in time? I give you the front row seat for Judgement day: The Doom-O-Meter. The Doom-O-Meter works by querying various webpages for important indicators such as the price of gold (and other important commodities),… Continue reading »

The Oil Price Widget

UPDATE: This widget no longer works. Please consider the Commodities Widget instead. Apple Mac OS X (version 10.4 and above) has this neat feature called dashboard. It lets tiny programs, called widgets, run as an overlay to your screen when you press ‘F12’. There are widgets that show the current time in any timezone, hurricane… Continue reading »