Technicool: Google's Personalized Homepage and Netscape 8.0

By: Jeremy Pate
By: Jeremy Pate

Summer's here. Well, not officially for another couple of weeks, but it still feels like summer. That means a lot of us will be heading to a movie theater to catch the latest flicks. I have a neat way for you to check on movie times in your neighborhood just by logging in to your e-mail.

It's known as Google's personalized homepage. When you sign in using your Google e-mail account, what's known as GMail, you can set up your homepage to include the movie times in your neighborhood.

You can even see your favorite stock's price, get current weather conditions, news headlines and get a word of the day. Now, you don't have to have a GMail account to have a personalized Google Homepage.

When you click on the Google personalized homepage at http://www.google.com/ig and click "sign-in" in the upper-right hand corner of the screen, you have the option to create a Google account. All you need is a valid e-mail account. Just follow the directions on the screen.

If you'd like to join the GMail community (it's free) just send me an e-mail at jeremy.pate@wjhg.com. I'm a GMail user and have invites to hand out. You get a GMail acount only by invitation. Don't forget, GMail comes with two Gigabytes of online storage, for free.

One note about the movie times with Google's Personalized Homepage is I've noticed in Panama City, the movie times for the Regency 11 are always displayed; however, the times for the other theaters like the Carmike Cinema 10 and Edgewater Cinema 10 are sporadically displayed. I don't know why, but it's just that way. Be patient. Google's Personalized Homepage is still relatively new.

In case you're wondering where the Personalized Homepage is from Google's traditional homepage at Google.com, here it is: Log on to Google.com. Click on More. Click on 'Labs' under Google Services. Then click on Personalized Homepage, or you could just click on the link which I posted a little bit earlier in this article.

As for Netscape, it's back, and at first glance, I like it. Yes, an old favorite is back with edition 8.0. So what's new? It's like a blending of Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Firefox. It features tabbed browsing like you'll find in Firefox, but you do have the option to view Web pages in either Internet Explorer or Firefox's format. I'm using Netscape and Firefox right now and will let you know what I think about Netscape in a few weeks.

If you'd like to try it out for yourself, just click on the following website: browser.netscape.com/ns8/.

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