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What Happened To iGoogle?

Posted by | Posted in Geek Stuff, The 9-To-5 Droll | Posted on 17-10-2008

The last thing I did before bed yesterday was check my emails briefly. But I noticed that my iGoogle page had had a change of layout. The tabs that ran across the top of the page were listed down the left hand side, and each item in the list was expandable to show the title of each RSS feed/widget/object thingy on that tab. But I awoke this morning to find it had changed back to it’s original format.

I hope Google are planning on implementing this change again soon. I imagine that if we’re unable to change the look of our iGoogle page via the settings for our Google Account, then I guess the release was a slip-up and wasn’t meant to be seen by everyone. I guess we’ll find out soon enough. I just wish I’d taken a screenshot as it actually looked quite swish.

UPDATE: Thanks to some keen eyes that, unlike me, actually bother to read the Google blogs (which, ironically, I’ve got an entire iGoogle tab dedicated to) I’ve found out that the changes were rolled out about a week ago for US iGoogle users. Quite why I also got to see the changes is beyond me, but who cares.

UPDATE 2: OK, if you use www.google.com/ig then you’ll be able to see the changes, but with www.google.co.uk/ig you wont. I have to say, I like the maximized view of each gadget!

UPDATE 3: Right, I’ve had a little play about, and I love the new changes. Although some have argued that the layout changes waste valuable screen space (which is true if you have very few tabs) I still think that in this day and age, with our widescreen monitors and super-high resolutions, that we can handle it. And anyway, with the tabs running across the top of the page, they often overlapped with the links on the right hand side (such as “Add Stuff”, and “Select Theme”) so having the tabs down the side stops this issue. And I really do love the way you can expand each gadget into a full-mode view, which in the case of the Gmail or Google Calendar gadgets, basically loads a full version of Gmail or Google Calendar right there on the page.

Anyways, on with the show! It’s Friday, which as I’m sure I’ve said before, is the best day of the week, by far. Even though we’re all still at work/uni/college/whatever, we know that come 5pm the weekend has landed. And for me, I’ve got a week off! Even better. Which is just as well, really, as I’ve just realised that I’ll have to work on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve again. I don’t really mind, though, as it’s quite quiet at that time and so if I’ve got something to work on, I can just get on with it without worrying about users breaking my webpages and causing issues.

Speaking of Christmas, I can’t believe how close it is! I’m useless at Christmas presents, although I didn’t do too bad last year. I can never think of anything to buy everyone, and there’s almost always someone I forget. I imagine that the money-spending on Christmas presents this year will take a bit of a knock, what with the Kellogg’s Credit Crunchy Nut we’re all supposedly in. But I’m not into Christmas for all the presents that people give/get. I’ve been told since the ripe old age of 18 that “Christmas isn’t fun when you’re older – it’s all hard work and nobody gets you anything”, so I’ve come to expect very little on the present-buying front. But the best thing about Christmas is the food. For some reason, people stock up on food like there’s another world war on the horizon, despite the shops only being closed a maximum of three days (Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day).

I’m not complaining (for once). I love it all; the mince pies, the endless stockpiles of meat, the awesome Christmas dinner (where even the vegtables seem to taste nice) and the selection of nibbles, chocolates and other niceties that you only really indulge on at Christmas. And not forgetting, the alcohol.

(As much of a “ladies drink” as it may be, the snowball is an awesome drink. I know what went through your head just now, and no, it’s not like that at all. But it is nice, and I recommend you try it. You might need to add a bit more alcohol to it though.)

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