I just heard about Protopage, which is a customizable desktop of sticky notes.

You can move, resize and add links or text to the notes and then save it and come back later. They’re promoting it as a start page, and it’s actually not a bad idea. It has the date and a little clock on the top right, and then you could add links for your daily visits and go there each day to begin browsing. You can also change the colors if you’re not a fan of green leaves and black.

I’m not going to use it for a start page because I already have my web site, but I signed up just to check it out and I’m impressed. You don’t even have to register to try it.

One negative is that it doesn’t work with Opera, so I only tested it in Firefox. One would assume it works in Internet Explorer.

( via waxy)


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  1. Ha, that’ll teach me to not finish reading your entry before clicking on things. I went to the site with Opera and it just sat there. Nothing, nada, bubkis. I’ll have to try it with Firefox.

    Comment by jason on August 19, 2005 @ 8:29 am
  2. Looks interesting. How do these companies make money? If not ads on the page, do they harvest the stats of links for something?

    Comment by Renee on August 19, 2005 @ 11:31 am
  3. Jason: That’ll teach ya!

    Renee: I don’t know. Maybe they’re making it free for early-adopters and then planning to charge for additional services later.

    Also, it appears that the background and color scheme changes, so my reference to leaves and black was just the particular combination I got when I loaded the page. I incorrectly assumed it was the same for everyone.

    Comment by dan on August 19, 2005 @ 11:56 am
  4. Pretty cool — and I just checked out the new MS “Start” page…also interesting.

    Comment by david on August 21, 2005 @ 3:18 am
  5. Yeah, the MS start page reminded me of Google’s personalize page.

    Comment by dan on August 21, 2005 @ 6:36 am
  6. Opera and Safari are now supported

    Comment by Drew on August 27, 2005 @ 12:42 am
  7. Great. Thanks for letting me know.

    Comment by dan on August 27, 2005 @ 3:59 pm

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