Google is just exploding with all kinds of cool sites and products! Are they on the way to becoming the next "evil tech empire" like Microsoft? I don't know but for now their stuff is really cool and really free! You should be using it. You can personalize your own Google Home Page, by adding content and even dynamically dragging it around the page.
You should also sign up for a free Gmail account. Your Google home page will display any new messages in your inbox. Picasa is awesome for organizing your digital pictures and touching them up. Google Earth is mind boggling satellite imagery of the planet with spatial data overlays. Google maps for great directions. Hate pop-ups? Their toolbar does the job. Below is a list of Google Sites and Products. The products you install on your personal computer.