who wants widgets? Everyone!

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Wow…just found this cool timeline of the history of widgets.

Two things I like: The timeline navigation itself – two levels of granularity allow you to pan through decades quickly, or scroll year by year.

Also, it’s interesting to see how Widgets became this metaphor for easy interchangability. My earliest recollection of the term was in 1986’s Back to School, where it was kind of a nonsense term.

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