Google just rolled out "Google Instant," which should shave off time when conducting searches; it shows results as you type, before you're even finished typing. It also attempts to predict what you're searching for; if Google gets it right, you can stop typing.
Richi Jennings at Computerworld has been monitoring the reaction of folks who are using the new feature, which can be turned off if you don't like it.
Last year, I wrote a blog post over at Women of Mystery about Google searches. I never laughed so hard as I wrote a blog post. If you have a minute, check it out.
This reminds me of "SuperCook.com," where you enter some ingredients you have on hand, and it immediately lists many recipes to choose from. This helps when you've spent too much time on the computer and you realize you must make dinner, and don't know what the heck to make.
I'm still headed for the supermarket ~ after I go to the library first.