Show a structured page when a new tab is opened.
Structured Start Tab replaces the default new-tab with a page of links that you build and arrange how you want. Use panels to group links together, adding colour to make finding what you want fast and easy. Recent browser bookmarks are automatically included in a sidebar (and can be dragged onto panels for organisation).
If you use a calendar service that published ical files, you can subscribe to this feed to include a mini calendar in your home page too (and everything is synchronized in the background so there's never any waiting).