What wows you.
That is easy – google.com. Just look at this page, at the bottom:
Passionate about these topics? You should work at Google.
Not only does the technology impress me, the culture does too. Not many companies would state it the way they just did. What do I use of googles? Well, I do most of my online shopping via froogle.google.com. I typically find what I’m looking for – across many stores. Then I use just good old www.google.com to research what I found. I use http://maps.google.com/ more and more now (still use yahoo maps to find hotels though, need to convince myself that google has them all). I use their http://www.google.com/alerts to scan the news for me. I use http://images.google.com/ to search for images. http://groups-beta.google.com/ to search the newsgroups.
The best news page for me on the web? http://news.google.com/ by far. I personalized that with an Oracle news section. Now that is cool. And truly useful to boot.
This blog you are reading – google owns the site.
Their interface to me is a thing of joy. Only thing I would change would be to use courier fonts :) Seriously, they are not overdone at all. Very plain, very simple, very usable, very easy. Very smart. I used to use yahoo news http://news.yahoo.com/ but they changed the interface – pop up little boxes (always getting in my way, they just appear – how annoying). The layout got really busy. Google news — very simple, very plain, very smart (in my opinion).
You should read about how they do lots of this. A 15,000 node cluster — now that is cool (actually, it is probably very hot, they discuss cooling and other serious issues). If I were just starting out again, that would be a place I’d be very interested in.
On a side note, I’d be interested myself in hearing what people think about this announcement that JDEV is free. If you haven’t looked at it before and you debug PLSQL, time to give it a look see. I know it says “J”, but it does “P” as well.