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Dock Additions

The default sets of Mac OS X Docklings are useful, but don't really exploit the features of the Dock. Third-party developers have been hard at work creating their own additions to the Dock, and the results are great. The following is a list of a few available Docklings and the features they add to your computer:

Calindock— My personal favorite, this Dockling adds a live calendar to the Dock. Rather than just a date, Calindock displays a wall-style calendar view with the current day highlighted. www.criticalmatter.com/calindock/.

Network Statistics— Interested in seeing the amount of network traffic entering and exiting your Mac OS X box in real time? This Dock item will graph your network statistics in real-time. homepage.mac.com/iclements/NetworkStatistics.html.

Weatherling— Click the Dockling, see the current weather updated automatically from the National Weather Service. www.versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=10767.

Space.dock— Adds the notion of virtual workspaces to Mac OS X. Enables the user to attach different windows to different workspaces, and then switch instantly between them, effectively increasing the available desktop space. space.sourceforge.net/.

Prefling— Rather than starting the System Preferences application then choosing the desired preference panel, you can use this Dockling to select and open any preference panel from the Dock. http://homepage.mac.com/asagoo/prefling/index.html.

EightBall— Stupid, pointless, and indispensable. This Dockling simulates a Magic Eight Ball and provides words of wisdom for any question you ask. Try it for fun, keep it for the pretty icon. www.inferiis.com/mac/eightball.html.


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