[rescue] Oh yeah ...

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Fri Feb 20 13:20:38 CST 2009

Phil Stracchino wrote:
> Ethan O'Toole wrote:
>>> Yup.  I'm being freshly reminded how painful XP is, with the bling that
>>> you can't disable and assorted management settings obfuscated and tucked
>>> away in hard-to-find places.  Tracking down the interface settings and
>>> setting for performance-over-shiny helps.  But there's still way too
>>> much bloat and bling and unnecessary space-wastage in the interface.
>> There are ways to trim all of that out.
> *All* of it?  I have most of it disabled, but "My Network Places" takes
> twice as many clicks to actually reach anything useful as Win2K's
> "Network" tool, and it's stuffed full of intrinsic gibberish.  What the
> heck is a "web client network" supposed to be that's different from a
> "Microsoft Windows Network"?  Does it use a different kind of electrons
> or something?  I will never understand why Microsoft has such a
> compulsion to pointlessly obfuscate networking.  It's almost as though
> they don't WANT their customers to understand.

The way of not having to deal with that is to not use the Network 
Neighborhood at all, and to turn off its display on the Desktop.

> And then there's the "improved" XP "My Computer" window, which now
> requires almost half an XGA laptop screen to show me one hard disk, one
> network drive, two virtual CD drives, and a couple of folders I don't
> even care about, much less want to see there.

There are several easy ways to disable that "feature".

> It was bad enough when MS added multiple toolbars, address bars, and
> about a gazillion buttons to every folder window.  Does *anyone* ever
> actually USE any of that crap?  Fortunately they made it easy to turn
> them off.

Turning off the unwanted garbage in the My Computer window is similar.

Peace...  Sridhar

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