I read an interesting (but long) post on Daring Fireball comparing Apples's new Dashboard to Konfabulator. I say interesting because he first defends the dashboard as a logical extension of the original desktop accessories in the 81' Mac,
and second because he comes up with multiple reasons why it is ok for Apple to ‘do’ something (he doesn’t come out and say ‘copy') that has already been done by a 3rd party developer, especially if it is a better implementation. This is an interesting perspective from an Apple fan, considering that Apple threatens to sue nearly anyone who attempts to copy one of their features – remember the expose’ clone (winExpose) a couple years ago, and recently several aqua style dockbars the most recent being Yz Dock. At anyrate this 'active' widget concept has been around for awhile. Also take a look at Desktop Sidebar which itself looks suspiciously like the sidebar in the original longhorn preview release.
I read something else that I found amusing; this article on the Tiger release quotes Job's as saying "Tiger’s groundbreaking new features like Spotlight and Dashboard will change the way people use their computers, and drive our competitors nuts trying to copy them." So apparently in addition to dashboard widgets, Apple also invented desktop search. I'm sure competitors like Google, Yahoo and MSN are wondering, "Why didn't I think of that?"
While I'm on the topic of OSX Tiger (which actually looks pretty cool BTW, despite my rantings), The blogsphere has started to heat up with people complaining about the fact that Apple is not offering a discount to the Mac Mini early adopters. I'm with J on this one, how can they be surprised? I expect the next mini 'storm' to hit the net after Tiger ships when those disgruntled mini owners who DO pony up the $130.00 find out that the sexy core image UI enhancements won't work on their hardware.