Acquired: By Yahoo, announced July 25, 2005
What is it?
Konfabulator was originally launched on February 10, 2003, for Mac only. A Windows version launched in November 2004.
Konfabulator required a download and works on both the Mac and Windows platforms. The Mac download is 5.4 mb, and the Windows download is 10 mb. The service previously required a fee but is now free.
Set up was quick and very easy after the download. Basically, it runs small applications on your desktop (there are thousands to choose from).
I like the calculator, sticky notes and RSS reader the best (although I cannot figure out how to configure the RSS reader to stop showing USA Today, and gave up). There are also widgets for weather, batter power, and just about everything else you can think of. A few are automatically downloaded with the installation, but they are easily removed and others are easily added simply by downloading them (they install into the correct directory automatically).
Widgets can easily be moved around the desktop, customized, and delted entirely.
There are tools to allow anyone to easily create their own widgets as well.
Konfabulator looks and feels very similar to Dashboard on OSX for the Mac, although some people claim creating widgets is easier on Konfabulator.
Overall, it’s cool but it will be uninstalled by the end of the evening. I noticed serious system slowdown after installation.
Dan Farber, sinceretheory, BenBarren, Ajaxian, Om Malik, John Battelle, Abstract Dynamics, James Kendrick, Michael Parekh (long and excellent overview and discussion), blogblogblog, Charlene Li, Paul Kedrosky, Sincere Theory, Jake Jarvis