After reading this post on pollution of the Windows icon tray by every Tom, Dick and Harry program in the world (Creative, are you listening?) I had to make up a list of the wacky and fun things that people think installers and applications should do.
- The video card manufacturer who thought it would be okay to hijack “control-shift-T” to launch their configuration program. (I use this key combo in Emacs to manipulate HTML tags). Sheesh.
- The sound card driver that opened several windows on startup, including a volume control and a link to the manufacturer’s web site for support.
- Umpteen zillion desktop icons installed by yet another sound card driver.
- Yes, I know I have a wireless adapter in my laptop. No, I don’t need to be constantly reminded that the network is connected / the network isn’t connected / wups the network is connected again. Balloon notifications suck.
- Oh, someone did some typing in an IM window? Please make sure my concentration is interrupted by a blinking red notification for every single sentence that they type. Thank you. I am but a slave to the tools I sometimes want to use for communication.
- My desktop icons need re-arranging? [cancel] Apparently my desktop icons need to be reblorkified. [cancel] I want to thrash the person who thought this was important enough to interrupt me for. [cancel cancel cancel]
- I’m sorry, I was a moron for plugging that USB device into a different port from last time, causing your driver to choke itself and ask to be installed again, just like the last time I plugged that thing into a different port. How ’bout I simply toss the stupid thing into the junkbox next to the Creative Labs sound cards whose drivers and ancillary software can only be described as majestic in their hideous, cravenly stupid design.
To all: The fact that I boot my WinXP machine, and before I get into the DOS prompt something is chewing up 400 to 500 megabytes of memory. I’m not doing any work yet and half the RAM in my system is gone. Meh.