I have spent the last few weeks test driving several similar technologies that I would call DASHBOARDS.
Google Desktop is a great little dashboard that doesn't take up much room and stays visible on your screen by reducing the amount of full desktop space available to other applications.
Konfabulator is basically Widgets for WinXP.
Widgets are little gizmos that sit on your screen and offer up data and info from the time and temp. to google searches, to image dispaly, to local gas prices, and on, and on.
These are great little tools that will start gaining momentum as people begin to discover the usefulness of their enhabiting our desktop space. So how long will it be before we can create a Learning Widget, or Knowledge Widget.
Wouldn't it be great if individuals documented their thoughts, activities, or ideas in a blog, or wiki that was published via RSS and imediately distributed and displayed in a Knowledge Widget on everyone's computer, pda, or cell phone?
Remember folks, these technologies are here NOW...it doesn't take a bloated enterprise application to make this happen. Let me know if you want to learn how.