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Why does the webclip-feature of the dashboard load the pages so slow?

Asked by klaas4 (2189points) November 24th, 2007

Hello all,

I finally got my Mac, and I love it. The only thing I’m not so happy with, is the speed the webclips in the dashboard load. (in Leopard) In Safari the pages usually load in about 1 second, but the webclips can take up to 10 seconds. Why is this, and can I speed it up?

Greetings Davey.

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jeffporten's avatar

The why of it is pretty simple: every widget in Dashboard acts like a separate application. Tho more often they do stuff, the more slowly everything else runs. And since the Dashboard is only sporadically visible, it won’t be obvious why the computer is slowing down.

It’s doubly difficult to diagnose the problem with Web Clips, since the culprit could be the network or the software. But my guess is that there’s some sort of delay to prevent a web clip from running away with either the CPU or the repeated hits on the outside server.

As for a fix: couldn’t find one. You can see most of the code for Web Clip by clicking on the widget (in /Library/Widgets) and selecting show package contents. Peruse the JavaScript to your heart’s content. I didn’t see a refresh delay variable in there, but I might have missed it. (And backup the original before you save any changes!)

justin5824's avatar

I have the sam problem. It takes FOREVER!

wilhel1812's avatar

I think some of the problem is that it has to load the whole site instead of just the part you want. Also, i think it don’t include any caches. It still runs slow tho.

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