Probably nothing has enriched the webmaster vocabulary more than widgets. We'd practically be lost without them. I've never had one break down, talk back or give me any grief whatsoever. They're handy for just about everything.
Its just swell having widgets around. How do you feel about them?
They've been around a lot longer than the web, G60. I know I had "Widgets 101" in undergrad B school. I think one of later classes in international commerce & economics required a paper on "The effects of hyperinflation in Uruguay on the distribution of widgets in South America." Very intense stuff!
Speaking of widgets, we ought to have a contest someday, where we each set up a website promoting "widgets" and see how much traffic we can attract or what kind of rankings we can achieve... might be a fun WebmasterWorld contest :)