Stikkit Dashboard Widget

Written on April 03 2007 at 20:42 and updated on June 01 2008 at 13:27
(Just want the download? [Download the Stikkit Widget 0.8 Zip archive here](http://www.lazyatom.com/software/Stikkit.zip).) The widget needs a bit of repair to correct a silly mistake of mine - check back later today!

Download the FIXED Stikkit Widget 0.8.1 Zip archive.

But then it struck me - they really are little yellow notes. I don’t need to structure the information that I’m putting in there. Stikkit is really clever about extracting information about events and todos, but if you really want to maintain a calendar then you are probably better of with a dedicated service.

Stikkit - My Smart, Short-Term Online Memory

Instead of using Stikkit as my online information repository, I’ve found that I used Stikkit as a kind of online-short-term memory.

If I think of something that I want to remember, but don’t really have the time to file properly, I throw it in Stikkit. A phone number, a snippet of code, a quick todo list that I want to have around for the next few days… basically anything that I stumble across and I want to get out of my head; I don’t really care how as long as I can get it later, when I’m better positioned to file the information properly.

So, how to get the information into Stikkit quickly? Well, there are a number of options. Stikkit is, of course, web based, and they have even provided a bookmarklet (you need to be signed in to see it), and both these interfaces are certainly convenient, but they don’t quite fit for me. I wanted something a bit closer to the actual small yellow notes that Stikkit models. And lo, after a couple of days hacking, we have what you see above.

Just Give Me The Frickin’ Widget

OK, here you go: Download the Stikkit Widget 0.8 Zip archive. You can send any feedback to me here, but bear in mind there’s no support, and I’m certainly no Javascript expert so it’s likely to be a bit buggy.

You’ll need to sign up at Stikkit.com, and then find your Stikkit API Key, and then enter that key on the flip-side of the widget:

After that, your most recent Stikkits should appear in the select list, and you can filter by name using the search box. Go ahead and make changes to your Stikkits; any time you want to sync your changes back to the server, hit the “sync” button and your changes will be sent back to Stikkit HQ.

If you want to create a new Stikkit, click the small icon between the select list and the search box, and type away.

A few notes:

A Little Bit About How It Was Built

The widget was built exclusively using Apple’s Dashcode, and if you haven’t used it yet, let me be the first to tell you that it is great fun. Once I realised that it really is just HTML, CSS and Javascript, the world is your oyster.

If I get the chance, I’m going to play with Dashboard a bit more, and hopefully post a bit more here about my experiences. Please do check it out.


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