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Use iGoogle for a better start page

iGoogle is a version of the Google home page that allows you to add boxes, called Gadgets, to display the weather, stocks, Gmail, Facebook, and more. To get started with iGoogle:
  1. Go to http://www.google.com/ig
  2. If you already have a Google Account for their other services, just sign in. Otherwise, configure the options you want (but, make sure you create an account or you'll lose your hard work!)
  3. On the right-hand side of the page near the top, there's a link to "Add Stuff," which you use to add Gadgets to your page
Having used iGoogle for a few years now, I've found the following gadgets most useful:
  • Gmail
  • Google Reader - another Google Product that allows you to see the updates from all your favorite websites without visiting them. More on that in another post
  • Tasks (labs) - Very simple way to make and keep checklists
Altogether, creating an iGoogle page can save you a lot of web-surfing time.