I conceptualized Konfabulator in 1999 when a previous project was nearing the end of its life. In 2002 I collaborated with an engineer to finally build it.
Having a strong history in building communities around customizable user experiences, I wanted to find a way to present information, any information, on a user’s desktop as a compact and beautiful object. The objects, called widgets, would be simple enough to construct that anyone could create them.
Konfabulator was the realization of that. You could download, or build, a desktop widget that did just about anything you wanted. Display time, fetch the weather, give you stock quotes, tell you your CPU usage, manipulate files, manage your calendar... you name it, it could do it.