questionswhat are you using after igoogle goes away?

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I'm going to use ighome.com. It looks to be very much like iGoogle. Really going to miss iGoogle, so I'm waiting until the last minute to switch. Oh, wait! This is the last minute. I guess I better do something.

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@barnabee: I just looked at it and it looks like it's pretty busy now since they are adding new servers. I'm ok with Protopage for now I tried Symbaloo but it's too busy looking.

Why is google doing this? makes zero sense.

Hey, really liking the one you suggested. Thanks.

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@kamikazeken: It's what all the kool kids use as their home page.

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I've never used a home page (other than blank), but you can personalize Chrome using their Web Slice Gallery.

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@minkeygirl7: Here is the reason they axed the product.

How did you come to this decision?
We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today's web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding down iGoogle on November 1, 2013, giving you a full 16 months from the announcement to adjust or easily export your iGoogle data.

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I haven't had a home page in over 5 years. I just have a never-ending browser session. Some tabs are always open.

Even moving to another computer, I copy the entire Chrome profile so that when I launch Chrome, all my tabs are still there where they left off.

I don't see any reason to slow myself down by ending my browsing session. If I need to make a search, I just hit CTRL+T, type my query, and press enter. No need to even visit the main page of a search engine.

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And when I said "moving to another computer" I meant to say "get a new computer."

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I never found much use for it. As long as about:blank doesn't get shut down I'm good.

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@missellienc: This still sucks. I DO shut down browsers and (frankly) so should the rest of you. And restart the computer from time to time. With maybe the exceptions of some forms of Linux (and then only with some specific applications) every operating system will slow with time as it runs. Chrome and Firefox are STILL notorious for memory leaks (you open a page, it takes memory, you close it but the memory doesn't come back).

There are no apps that have anything like the personalization AND the ability to get as much information at a glance as I get with iGoogle. Need a replacement

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My Windows computer gets rebooted at least once a month. For updates. NT-based Windows is relatively stable (XP/2000 and forward).

As for Linux? The home server hasn't been rebooted since the last extended power outage:
10:13:39 up 120 days, 22:05

In a month's time, Chrome rarely gets above 1GB of RAM usage. Since it's my primary app, that's nothing on an 8GB machine. But restarting Chrome and having it restore my tabs does clear out memory leaks. So if I had to, I could, and I still mostly wouldn't lose my current state.

And no - my machine doesn't really get slow.

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Rebooting your computer is no reason to shut down your browser session, Chrome will persist it for you across boots. I restart my browser to "last opened" (which might be 10 or 15 tabs) and sync between devices. I love being able to go looking for something on my phone while out and about and then being able to continue the research when I get into the office or back home simply by finding what tabs are open on other devices.

Home pages are an anachronism...

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@missellienc: Thanks. I'm using IGhome and like it a lot. I don't want to use Chrome or Google+ because I don't want Google to have control over my information, more than they already do.

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@mkentosh: Must be a tiring job going through the entire Internet finding topics you're not interested in and making sure everyone knows it. How do you keep up?

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@minkeygirl7: Google Chrome sync information can be encrypted with a key of your choosing if you so desire. It's pretty much completely under your control what Google get's to see....

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@phunsberger: Maybe but I don't have the brain power or energy to want to deal with it. Two years ago I bought an Android phone that I had for 4 days before I returned it because it never worked. Last year I downloaded Chrome and they still had that phone listed and I could't figure out how to delete it. Google seems like a virus that gets more invasive every day.

My needs are pretty simple and I'm happy right now with IGhome.

Thanks though.

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@minkeygirl7: I was tempted to respond with something like "oh, you're one of those", and leave it at that but I get where you're coming from, a lot of this stuff is somewhat complex to deal with.

Personally, I get a lot of value out of having been assimilated into the Borg; it saves me a ton of time. There's nothing like pulling out your phone and having the navigation card for the trip you are about to take already present in Google Now simply because you googled on the address for a particular company earlier in the day on another computer. It's like it can read my mind, and I'm ok with that. In fact I can't wait until I can afford Google glass and I don't even have to pull out the phone to access that kind of information...

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@barnabee: Hey, is the site down? i got 404 error. Not good.

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@minkeygirl7: It's working now. I think it's just very busy with iGoogle people checking it out. Hmm, I no longer see the banner about changing servers. Maybe they did the migration early and you caught them in mid-stride?

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@barnabee: Thanks, I see. I was surprised to get an error message vs. servers are busy. Thanks again. I like this but I can't figure out how to resize the gadgets. They say you can do it but I'm not finding the resize thing on the corner like they say.

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Not sure what specifics you guys and gals are using iGoogle for, but there is an alternative that will work much better, but it can be a bit difficult to get started.

The best way to do it would be to host your own site and literally MAKE your own homepage to look exactly like you'd like it to with whatever links, rss feeds, email, weather, etc. Again, it can be a pain to setup correctly, but will be way better in the long run. If you pay, you could even have yourowndomain.com

You could also host 'your site' for free on Dropbox and access it from anywhere with internet access, or just host it on your local computer and just access it there.

Lastly, Wordpress.com offers free sites with hosting and has tons of plugins that would be an easier route, but can't quite do as much as hand coding a site could.

Personally, I use bing.com for all of my homepages because I use the rewards to help my school or get Xbox live points, redbox rentals, or other goodies.

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As All igoogle fans know that it is going to shut down soon. So people are looking for replacement and many find some good and switched to there Favorite alternate. I switched to http://www.startme.com because it is really cool and I liked it so much because of its features.

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@katieholmes: I like this. Is there a way to move the squares around?