[rescue] Oh yeah ...

Phil Stracchino alaric at metrocast.net
Fri Feb 20 13:40:52 CST 2009

Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> Phil Stracchino wrote:
>> [...]  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.

Yeah.  Nothing to lose from doing so.  It's gotten steadily worse in
successive major releases of Windows, until the XP version is about as
much use as a bicycle to a fish.

>> 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".

Do tell?  I've managed to avoid XP thus far, and am not up to speed on
the finer points of bludgeoning it into submission.

>> 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.

I've looked everywhere I can think of and can't find a way to turn that
stuff off.  If you know where the magic's hidden, please share the secret.

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