And out of my system tray and quick-launch bar.
I know this is going to date me, but I spent a ton of time early in my gaming career optimizing “low” memory, trying to get as close to 640k free as possible, because games were horrible about it. I’d use experimental mouse drivers, all kinds of bizarre loadsys parameteres, whatever it took to get Wing Commander running.
So today, I looked at the running processes on my box, because I’m having weird mouse issues. What’s in there?
A bunch of corporations running things without my permission. I can’t decide what’s worse, that they think it’s cool to run all the time, or how amazingly bloated these things are.
OrderReminder.exe: HP wants to use 2 megs of memory forever so once in a while it can remind me to check my toner and order more from them. Ancient Art of War didn’t take 2 megs of space. And you couldn’t just run at startup, notice I didn’t need toner, and then go away?
qttask.exe: I hate Quicktime. Apple is the worst about this kind of hidden bloatware. I’m spending 3 megs on the off chance I’ll come across and want to run Quicktime. SIGN ME UP!!! And by the way, could you throw a Quicktime icon I’ll never use in the system notification area, where it totally does not belong, and the quick-launch part of the taskbar, even though I’d really prefer you didn’t? Outstanding.
Thanks Apple. Design is king, and consideration is the boy who stands by the table so nobles can wipe their greasy fingers on his hair.
My whole freaking process list is like this! It’s ridiculous!
How do I fight them? Well, let’s crack open MSCONFIG shall we?
What are those blank ones? That “Location” might be… helpful. Maybe I can expand or otherwise scroll… no, of course not. That would be something I’d want to do. Is there a way to get more information on an item? No, of course not. Awesome.
It’s part of this whole anti-consumer attitude expressed in EULAs as well: your computer is ours to fuck around with. Buy a printer? We’re going to bug the shit out of you. Install a program? Why would we ask you if you want shortcuts – our software’s so awesome we’ll just go ahead and put them everywhere.
Would you like us to somehow reimburse you for using a chunk of your memory all the time, for no reason? Don’t be silly, why would we do that?
Mainstream vendors are now spyware vendors with better PR departments. What a great development.