Days past, the first thing I would do when I turned the laptop on was to turn on Outlook. Not any more. The first things I do are open Google Chrome, TweetDeck, then Outlook.
Then… before I used Chrome, I would have had iGoogle as my homepage. I spent aged putting all the widgets together, and found it incredibly useful.
Now I use Chrome, iGoogle doesn’t get a look-in. iGoogle has been replaced by the extension gallery in the top right hand side of my screen – why go to a place where the web is brought to you, when you can carry it around with you wherever you go?!
I have only highlighted a few of them, but they are all lovely in their own special way.
Google Dictionary – amazing. Highlight any word and a definition pops up!
Google Reader – gives a count of the number of unread items in Reader (I’m doing quite well at the moment!).
Remember the Milk – brilliant for telling me what to do!
Delicious – takes you to the site, adds new bookmarks, very regularly used
Bit.ly sidebar – very useful, shortens and tweets automatically. Also, hover over a shortened link and you get the final destination.
Feedly – turns Google Reader into a magazine style view. Really nice UI, and some nice recommendations as well!
Cooliris – allows you to look at images in a different way, especially good for an image search in Google or Flickr
Evernote – my new best-friend. I use it pretty much all the time to permanently save web pages, links, pictures, anything.
Google Wave – Well, I live in hope that it will be used!
There are a couple of other greats that are not shown:
Google Quick Scroll – never click on page 2 ever again!
FastestChrome – highlight any word and it will give you four different search options. Google, Twitter, OneRiot and Wikipedia
Now, all I need is an extension to do my work, and make the tea, and I will be a happy man!