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Konfabulator is the great utility that lets you put widgets of all shapes and kinds on your desktop.  There are widgets available to do just about everything, from battery and memory monitors to traffic cams you put on your desktop.  I just found a simple widget […]

Quick_volume_1Konfabulator is the great utility that lets you put widgets of all shapes and kinds on your desktop.  There are widgets available to do just about everything, from battery and memory monitors to traffic cams you put on your desktop.  I just found a simple widget that is perfect for use on Tablet PC desktops and thought I’d pass it along.  The Quick and Voluminous widget puts a bar on the desktop that lets you adjust your system volume with a single tap of the pen (or mouse).  There are four oval buttons, one to mute the volume and three to set the volume from soft to loud by tapping the corresponding button.  The cool thing is the three volume buttons are user configurable so if the default volumes are not to your liking then you just set each volume button to your desired volume.  Simple, easy, and large enough to easily tap with the pen.  Very nice widget indeed.

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  1. The Macintosh uses a two button interface for such functionality. One mutes, the other increments the sound by one unit and displays the volume setting on the screen.

  2. The Macintosh has no Tablet PC. :) Mouse, we don’t need no stinkin’ mouse!

  3. Despite the fact that the Apple remains so traumatized by the Newton fiasco to get into Tablet PCs, we can still learn from Apple’s excellence in UI design to design controls for Tablet PCs that have a smaller screen footprint.

    Also, we can help Apple recover from this extended bout of depression by pointing out how their abilities would add to the Tablet PC scene. With their control of hardware and software they would be in a good position to excel in the jacket-pocket computer market, if only we can cheer them up and get them innovating again.

  4. I agree with you 100%. I have written many times wishing for an Apple “iTablet”. I am certain they would raise the bar for slate devices.

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