Saturday, June 03, 2006

Google has taken over my browser

Google hasn't managed to take over the world yet, and they're not even making good progress taking over the much smaller domain of my laptop. However, it appears that my browser has been overrun by Google.

I have four tabs open in my Firefox window right now.

Tab 1: Gmail -- Google's web-based email service I've been using for almost two years now. If you want a Gmail account let me know. I've got invites a plenty to share.

Tab 2: Google Calendar -- I've put my triathlon summer training schedule online using this newer service. I like how it is doubling as a calendar and a training log for me. No real need for me to use Google Notebook as a result.

Tab 3: This site -- I've just finished reading through my regular set of blogs and all but one of them is hosted on Blogger, a Google service.

Tab 4: Gmaps Pedometer -- While not a Google service it is a distance calculator built using the Google Maps programming interface. I use this site to map out my running and biking courses for my training, and also for getting some idea of how long it is going to take me to get somewhere in Urbana-Champaign on my bike this summer. This site and Google Maps share equal time open in my browser since I'm always trying to find something in town or figure out where I'm going to run/bicycle to next.

So there you have it, my regular set of tabs are owned by Google. My browser homepage is a personalized Google page as well that lets my quickly check the weather in cities of interest and glance through the headlines of the day.

While I think nerd-love of Google is a bit too high right now and the honeymoon is bound to end at some point soon, I have unintentionally come to use several online products from them. That scares me somewhat, but I'm happy with each of the services and won't be looking for replacements anytime soon. Google may take over the world in the near future, but now I'm going to be a little wary of any attempts to invade more space on my PC.

P.S. You'd think that with all of this online success Google would at least put together a spell checker that doesn't think "Google" is misspelled.


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