I started using the iGoogle personalised home page quite some time ago now, and over time have configured it to have almost everything I need displayed on it. This is the screen that I have open on my browser the majority of my day at work, and it gives me a great view into everything that is important.

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From top left to bottom right (going in columns) I use:

Every now and again I follow the Add Stuff link to see what is new. And whilst checking that link I've just gone and got distracted by the Ski and Snow Report gadget :-) - one to install in preparation for the big trip me thinks.