Today, I was checking out the Chumby site, and decided to make a virtual Chumby. After getting the embed tag from the generator, I realize that my virtual Chumby is nothing more than a swf file pretending to be a device.
And I remember that the Yahoo! Widget Engine can embed flash into it.
Two minutes later….
I have a Yahoo! Widget that loads up my virtual Chumby, which tells me that my life is 42% over.
Yes, the absurdity of a flash widget running inside of a virtual device created as a flash applet running as a widget on my desktop is not lost on me.
It runs quite well, actually.
The only issue I have found is customization. Ideally, I’d like for anyone anywhere to be able to take my Yahoo! Widget, set a preference, and look at their own virtual chumby. In fact, I think this could be a useful developer tool for chumby widget makers.
In my initial examination, it looks like the only information that identifies *MY* virtual chumby rather than somebody elses is the flashvars, which reads something like:
I’m guessing that *MY* virtual chumby is identified by the GUID after the virtualprofiles part of the above.
so, i guess I could make a preference that allows the user of my widget to grab that information and plug it in to show their own widget, but I wish there were a more read-friendly way.