Start++ is just awesome
I've been using Start++ for awhile now, and it really is a time saver. You can view google reader feeds, your google calendar, weather, news and really anything you write into it.
The program easily allows for adding your own command shortcuts and web applications. I had never realized how the size of the start bar is close to that of a mobile device until I started adding mobile sites to start++.
I have simply shortened all my normal clicks into a windows key press and a short command. Awesome!