With all the competition out there for personal start pages, you’d think the big G might have done something like this soon. Now you can customize your Google personal page with one of seven themes. They really only change the top header image around the search box. To be honest, I like that. Many other offer uber customizable interfaces, but they show everything down. I use Google’s because it’s quick. I want my homepage to launch fast, and be usable. Since I’m on the net all day, I need it to be very responsive. One of the neat things about Google’s implementation is that many of the themes respond based on your location. For instance, the beach theme will show sunrise in the morning, and sunset in the evening. While not a drastic or particularly slick theme system, it’s still a bit of welcome window dressing to an already powerful personal start page. The ability to provide your own custom code (CSS, images, etc) is really the only thing missing.
About Paul Spoerry
I’m a groovy cat who’s into technology, Eastern Thought, and house music. I’m a proud and dedicated father to the coolest little guy on the planet (seriously, I'm NOT biased). I’m fascinated by ninjas, the Internet, and anybody who can balance objects on their nose for long periods of time.
I have a utility belt full of programming languages and a database of all my knowledge on databases... I practice code fu. Oh, I've also done actual Kung Fu, and have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.