Some say it’s the best thing since sliced bread.
I don’t eat much bread. But iGoogle rocks. I began using iGoogle as my homepage about two weeks ago and my life has been utterly transformed. Allow me to explain.
Everything In Its Right Place (with iGoogle)
I love that Radiohead song, too, but that’s not what I’m referring to here. I’m talking about how easy it is to check email, note to-do items, update my calendar, and read the news from my iGoogle home page.
I’ve put my go-to apps like G-mail, Google calendar, Google Bookmarks, and Google reader on my homepage, and added to that a few key news feeds I want to see right away (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Digg, for blogging); a YouTube, Wikipedia, and Craigslist search bar (gotta have those); a time/date and a weather app (not that the weather changes much here in SoCal but I like the little blue and yellow icons that show the sun and the sky, they’re nice) and two inspirational quotes, one by Einstein (he seems pretty smart) and one by a ‘famous’ author that rotates daily.
Yesterday’s literary quote?
“There is nothing like being left alone again, to walk peacefully with oneself in the woods. To boil one’s coffee and fill one’s pipe, and to think idly and slowly as one does it.”
– Knut Hamsun, Norwegian novelist
Hmm. Never heard of Mr. Hamsun (a Nobel Prize winner), but seems like he might be antisocial. That or he’s a writer who gets all contemplative and needs to be left alone from time to time, to think and write and stuff. Wait.
What Else iGoogle Does for Me
In addition to soaring functionality and time-saving widgets, iGoogle offers me the chance to appreciate good art daily. I could have sprung for the “Picasso of the Day,” or even the “Dali of the Day” (I’m actually a huge fan) widget, but I chose a word art theme: “NOUS” by famed designer Philippe Starck.
It’s bright, it’s inspirational, it’s graphic. It makes me feel good when I turn on the PC and launch Firefox. It’s like my homepage is smiling at me or something. That could be weird but you get it.
It’s a nice theme.
“Dream a Little Dream”
Yup, that was a good movie, and you 80’s babies know what I’m talkin’ bout! Corey Haim AND Corey Feldman, in one flick? Genius. But if you really want to get me started on the 80’s (no worries), why don’t we take a look at “The Top 5 80’s Movies According to Wpromote,” based on the results of an office-wide poll:
1) Top Gun
2) Back to the Future
4) Dirty Dancing
5) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Nice. Looks like we’ve got some real movie buffs at good ‘ol Wpro.
Anyhow, the point of my “Dream a Little Dream” intro was actually to note that iGoogle is like a DREAM come true. How I wish all of life could be mapped out on my homepage in the form of colorful, easily customizable widgets. It’s almost like living in my own little virtual world where I control EVERYTHING (scary, no?).