Query failed: connection to localhost:9312 failed (errno=111, msg=Connection refused). Is there an Active desktop equivalent in OS X? - macOS Discussions on AppleInsider Forums Toggle navigation All Forums Recent Posts Sign In Is there an Active desktop equivalent in OS X? wrong robot Posted: March 7, 2004 2:50PM in macOS edited January 2014 I personally don't really need it, but my friend, a long time windows user that pretty much only uses his tibook now, was asking me about it, he used to use the feature on windows and wanted to know if you could do it in mac OS X. Comments Reply 1 of 7 mr. me Posts: 3,221member March 7, 2004 3:59PM Quote:Originally posted by Wrong Robot I personally don't really need it, but my friend, a long time windows user that pretty much only uses his tibook now, was asking me about it, he used to use the feature on windows and wanted to know if you could do it in mac OS X. Active Desktop is a terrible feature. However, it is easy enough to simulate on the Mac. Just open a bunch of applications and allow them to run in the background. Reply 2 of 7 code master Posts: 344member March 7, 2004 5:01PM Depending on what he wants to do, there are programs on versiontracker.com that will put websites on the desktop, and others like Konfabulator that will put cool widgets in the background. Reply 3 of 7 the general Posts: 649member March 7, 2004 7:52PM His best bet is to get something like Konfabulator, active desktop on windows is very unstable. company I work for we dont even allow people to run it(it isnt even on option) Reply 4 of 7 ghost_user_name Posts: 22,667member March 7, 2004 8:27PM One of my clients (I fix computers (PCs) under the table) was bitching about how slow her computer was... untill I turned Active Desktop off. Reply 5 of 7 hobbes Posts: 1,252member March 8, 2004 1:22AM There's also stevenf (of Panic)'s free Web Desktop. Reply 6 of 7 dviant Posts: 483member March 8, 2004 11:53AM What the heck is Active desktop actually supposed to do? Someone recently turned it on with our ancient P3 300 / Win98 laptop here and it made the screen paint horribly. I didn't see what the benefits/features were, but then again I didn't play with it much as it made things unbearably slow on an already unbearably slow laptop. Reply 7 of 7 hobbes Posts: 1,252member March 9, 2004 12:50AM It's like Konfabulator.... with way uglier widgets. Sign In or Register to comment.