One niggling issue was the interfaces being cluttered with ads, which look even more overpowering in full screen mode. I have exhausted all that labs and settings have to offer me on all my google interfaces, and am reasonably convinced that I lose no productive time or effort due to these widgets and options. I am should read I was, since this was true only till I discovered Minimalist for Gmail and soon after for Google Calendar.
I had already stripped my searches and added fasterfox refinements and other goodies, but my mail still came with bulky sidebars and headers and footers, which minimalist handled very efficiently and I cannot wait for the same features for reader and docs.
The reason I wrote this post was how I felt after seeing a friend post a screenshot of a google search for "love" with a sidebar ad from ebay offering it guaranteed cheap, new and used, and fastest delivery. I don't have the opportunity to see ads or even the print and expand/collapse menus anymore. And I like it.