Saturday, February 04, 2006

Taskbar Bullies

One thing that hasn't changed on our desktops in a decade is the fact that many programs we install demand to live in our taskbars. Even seemingly innocuous programs with no legitimate reason for remaining "always on." For instance, why does Quicktime feel the need to maintain constant activity in my taskbar without asking. Is there something I desperately need from Apple that requires this constant tether. If it might need to update itself periodically, why can't it wait until I launch it and then tell me there's a newer version? Anyway, here's a list of the biggest "Taskbar Bullies" that I've run into. All of them suddenly appeared in my taskbar and fought to stay there, despite my attempts to turn them off, edit my startup list, or change options in their program. By the way, get StartUp Cop or something similar if you don't already have it.

Aggressive
  • QuickTime
  • RealPlayer
  • MSN Messenger
Just Annoying
  • AOL Instant Messenger
  • Yahoo! Instant Messenger
  • HP Printer Drivers
  • Picasa
I know there are more out there. Leave a comment if you know one I've missed.

1 comment:

BlackCatAlfa said...

why not just use MSCONFIG? "selective" startup.. easier and no more installed programs.
I installed XP Media Center Edition on this computer ( I dont know why..curious I guess ) and the amount of processes increased substantially.
When installing anything, I always do the custom install if available.
But...I have never been able to get rid of the stupid MSN messenger. You can stop it in task manager..but poof! It comes back.
Its maddening.