You're familiar with the scenario: You've recently restarted your Mac, or perhaps you've logged out of Mac OS X. You launch Dashboard and frown while you wait for your widgets to load. All you want is a simple glance at the weather, and you're staring at an inactive weather widget. Urgh.
Enter Dashboard Starter. It's not a widget, but a utility that initiates the Dashboard startup sequence quietly in the background. It's triggered by the restarting of the Dock, so all of your widgets are ready to go after that restart or login. Dashboard Starter requires Mac OS 10.4 or greater and is freeware.