Revmarkmak has posted a YouTube video which contains instructions on how to make Netvibes your start page and then, use NetVibes from your desktop. I’m not sure if this will work on anything other than Windows, but the end result is awesome. If you don’t want to know how to make Netvibes your browsers default home page, skip to 5:45 in the video to check out how to put Netvibes onto the desktop.
I’m pretty sure that this is not restricted to Netvibes. You can probably do the same thing with IGoogle, Pageflakes or any other start page service. Think about it. You can free up hard drive space and make your browsing experience richer by using these start page services along with their associated modules. For instance, instead of using a stand alone Twitter client, add the Twitter module to your start page.
At this point, I’m still a virgin when it comes to start pages. I don’t use any of them because I use FeedDemon as my feed reader, and FireFox extensions which cover just about everything else. I may create one just for the sake of having a familiar environment when I can’t access my desktop PC or my Notebook. At any rate, thanks for the tips Revmarkmark.