You know how valuable Google is for web searches, but take a look at this page for other equally valuable Google services – among others, a price comparison service, an index of online shopping catalogs, indices of Usenet discussion forums, and a Yahoo-style Web directory. My favorite is Google News – headlines from hundreds of news services. I prefer it to CNN or MSNBC for checking the news.
There’s also this page with instructions on how to set Google as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. I never used IE’s Search button because I preferred Google searches; this cures that problem.