are widgets harmful?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ero87, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. ero87 macrumors 65816

    ero87

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    I'm a fan of downloading many random widgets (often fun and useless ones)... does it slow down my iMac G5 to have these widgets? Meaning, does dashboard slow down my computer when dashboard isn't active? Thanks.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Each widget that is open in your Dashboard will use a small amount of RAM even when Dashboard is not visibile. Widgets that are not open do not use any RAM. This may result in some paging when you show/hide the Dashboard if you do not have enough RAM but apart from that it should be fine.
     
  3. stridey macrumors 65816

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    Once Dashboard has been brought up for the first time after login (and all the widgets load) it takes up resources even if it isn't active. In other words, yes. It's going to use memory: how much RAM do you have?
     
  4. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Oh extremely. They've been known to cause severe allergic reactions and skin diseases.
     
  5. ero87 thread starter macrumors 65816

    ero87

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    I have 1GB of RAM. So would it help do just delete my infrequently-used widgets? or is the speed loss insignificant?

    ooh and just a side-note: how do i post screenshots on these forums? I know how to take them, just don't know how to post them.
     
  6. cube macrumors G4

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    I hate widgets, specially all those 'tune only this radio' ones.
     
  7. stridey macrumors 65816

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    1GB is probably plenty. I might have been misleading: the widgets that you have don't take memory if they're not open in Dashboard, but the ones that are open take up memory even if Dashboard isn't in front. I'd guess that as long as you have ~6 or fewer widgets open at a time you really see a performance hit.
     
  8. jacobj macrumors 65816

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    Dashboard needs major improvements before I seriously use it.

    Back to the point: there were issues with Widgets automatically installing when 10.4 was first introduced but this has been removed and you now have to authorise them. So just be careful and make sure that you have a good level of trust as to the source of the widget.
     
  9. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think that was the OPs point or question, but you do bring up a common concern. Even if an unauthorized widget was able do install itself, I don't think it could do any damage. It could display a porn add or something, but that is probably it's limit.
     

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