How to make an easy Election 2008 dashboard widget in 10 seconds

This tip requires OSX “Leopard” 10.5 on your Mac or PC. (Update: Stageninja has instructions for Windows)

1. Go to Google News with Safari.

2. Right click on its little electoral map, then select “Open in Dashboard.”

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3. The bounding box will appear. Click on the map, then click “Add.”

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Voila! No more compulsive, productivity-destroying trawls around CNN.com or Pollster.com!

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7 Responses to How to make an easy Election 2008 dashboard widget in 10 seconds

  1. Anonymous says:

    You can do this with Vista by using the minibrowser gadget (http://minibrowser.info/downloads) and pasting STAGENINJA’s URL in there. You will need to adjust the size of the window to display the entire map (370×240 worked for me) and then set the refresh rate as desired.

  2. gwizah says:

    How about posting the actual link to the actual map?

  3. Rob Beschizza says:

    I did. It’s step 1: the minimap is at Google News. It’s automagically refreshed with javascript, so linking to a specific image will likely not work.

  4. pigFoot says:

    Took a couple tries to get this to work: the bottom 2/3 of the map kept getting clipped.

    Try right clicking in the whitespace to the right of the map.

  5. dingolishious says:

    didn’t show up when I went to news.google.com but I found it here:

    http://maps.google.com/help/maps/elections/#2008_election

  6. mujadaddy says:

    “requires OSX “Leopard” 10.5 on your… PC.”

    You’re funny, Rob. That’s why I’m going to kill you last.

  7. stageNinja says:

    You can do the same thing using a windows machine.

    goto Start->Control Panel->Display->Desktop->Customize Desktop->Web

    Click ‘New’ A wizard will pop up copy this link into the wizard http://www.gmodules.com/ig/ifr?url=http://mw1.google.com/mw-news/us_el/static-results-gadget.xml&synd=open

    Click OK, Click OK, Click Apply, Click OK

    There you go an election widget for your PC

    Note: to refresh the widget right click it and refresh.

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