There’s a Windows machine on the desk next to me, almost never touched except for browser compatibility testing. Though it sits there mostly unused, it’s been taken over by spyware in the past few months, and had slowed to a crawl. Took the opportunity to back up data, wipe the drive, and install XP/SP2. I did install Thunderbird and Firefox on it, but other than that, it’s virgin.
Woke it up today and a friendly little balloon winked into existence, saying “There are unused icons on your desktop. Would you like to run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard?” I wanted to see what it would do. Should I be shocked that the only two icons the wizard wanted to remove from my desktop were for Thunderbird and Firefox? These are the only two applications on the computer that I have used. No, I’m not shocked. Standard Operating Procedure for MS. Business as usual.
Speaking of these friendly little balloons, I had to chuckle after installing VirtualPC on my Mac at home a few months ago (also for browser compatibility testing). Almost as soon as Windows launched on the Mac for the first time, a balloon informed me that I was “missing critical updates,” and that my “computer might not be secure.” Boy, that was comforting! I’m starting to love the little balloons.