I came on to my start up page today and found it was not responding. I was surprised how disoriented I felt. What no feeds to read? I debated whether to leave it and come back later or if I was going to need to do something about it. I started to rack my brain…”Which feeds do I have?” “Which do I really want to read?” and of course, “Do I really need to do this?”
I decided that I needed a back up plan. I have only one place where I store my feeds and should it be down for good, I would need to start over. I’m not really keen on the start over so I thought I’d use a second start up page as a back up.
I’m trying out iGoogle. It’s a wonder Apple hasn’t sued them for that, or have they? In any case. There are things I quite like about it. For instance, my Gmail account works seamlessly. I have a Gmail widget on my other start up page but this one has me all logged in and flips easily from one to the other. I miss a calendar which has Canadian holidays and I miss my Flickr feed which shows all kinds of pictures tagged “Colorful”.
All in all, my original start up page came back online and I now have a back up should it fail. It was a painless experience and I’m glad to have some familiarity with iGoogle. I can see the “Google Suite” being fairly handy. I just wonder how many eggs I want in that particular basket. I have a healthy skepticism of large business empires. Even ones with a”Do no evil” motto.