Google Operating System runs down how to get rid of the intrusive and slow to load chat box that sometimes appears on Google's customised iGoogle pages (I can't say it's showed up on mine). It's a slightly fiddly fix (involving editing XML files), but worth it if you don't want screen clutter or have to work with a slow connection.
Get Rid Of iGoogle's Chat Box
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