I used to be a big user of Dashboard and had it bound to an expose corner and packed with cool widgets. iCal events, google search, iClip lite, cyberduck upload, terminal, notes launcher, To Do Tracker, System Stats, trash monitor, and some custom hacks among other things. All were individually quite nice and useful, but put together they bogged down my whole system. I started with a shell script to restart the dock and thus kill dashboard; I would run this whenever Dashboard was lagging up my system. Eventually I wound up just disabling it completely via the widgets preference pane.
I haven't really missed it. Dashboard did little to actually help my productivity, as most of the stuff I was doing in widgets could be done in regular applications. However, the cool factor will always be appealing.
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