Netvibes.com is a terrific, highly customizable start page . It comes with some defaults but you can change just about anything on the page to get whatever you want to see first when you log in.
Increasing in popularity in particular are what some people call Ajax desktops, or personalized start pages. Well exemplified by Microsoft’s Live.com, but also by the likes of the popular Protopage and Netvibes, the interest in these online desktops is being driven by a confluence of factors.
One major factor is that we are struggling with attention scarcity; finding enough time to digest the proliferating sources of information we need to track on a daily basis. I don’t need to tell you that the sheer variety can be daunting and now usually includes e-mail, calendars, contacts, to do lists, news, weather, school closings, blogs and work documents like spreadsheets, presentations, and more…
This is making the simplicity and elegance of online desktops ever more attractive.