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<h1>A List of People Who Need to Stop Writing Software</h1>
	<strong>Disclaimer:</strong><br />
	I’m a Mac user, who fixes PCs for a living
		New Sony laptops come with two pages in the Add/Remove list of just Sony junk.<br />
		They are also the authors of one of the worst pieces of software ever, SonicStage.
	<dt><dfn title="Internet service provider">ISP</dfn>s</dt>
		I pay you to put a cable in my house, and let me send things up and down it; no more.<br />
		I don’t want your useless anti-virus products. I don’t want your “Desktop Help” applications. I
		don’t want your tray icons. I don’t want your proprietary browsers. I don’t want an e-mail address
		with you. I don’t want your website as my home page. I don’t want your help when I typo a domain name.
		Somewhere along the line you decided to protect people from their own computer, rather than protect the
		computer itself. You have never once written a piece of software that didn’t slow a machine down to a
		painful crawl. Every machine I have come across that has had Norton on it, has had a virus and multiple
		spywares still there. Your product is so bad, its own uninstaller does not work. You sell a false sense of
		security, nothing more.
		Your product is slow, useless, impossible to configure and relies upon passwords, activation and Internet
		Explorer just to do its job. It fails on every level.
	<dt>Printer manufacturers</dt>
		A Printer driver is a folder with one ‘.ini’ file, and a couple of ‘.dll’s and that’s it.<br />
		It is not a 50 <abbr title="meg">MB</abbr> download. It is not an IE Toolbar, and Side Pane. It is not
		half-baked photo software. It is not a splash screen when your computer starts. It is not a tray icon.
		If Microsoft bought you, your software would actually improve.<br />
		The Yahoo Toolbar is like <abbr>AIDS</abbr>. You have to be careful what software you download, otherwise
		you’re bound to get it from <a href="http://ccleaner.com" rel="nofollow external">one</a>
		<a href="http://java.com" rel="nofollow external">of</a>
		<a href="http://google.co.uk/search?q=includes+Yahoo+Toolbar" rel="nofollow external">them</a> along the
	<dt>Nokia, and other phone manufacturers</dt>
		You seem to be under the impression that you are the only piece of software on the computer. You’re happy
		to rear your ugly face at every boot. You make a simple thing like syncing seem like surgery. Your software
		is so unwieldy, it’d be easier to take up origami.
	<dt>nVidia and ATI</dt>
		A graphics card driver drives the screen. It does not include two context menus and a tray icon that
		<a href="http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/video/gf6800u-sli/SLI_capable_message.png" rel="external" type="image/png">reminds
		you</a> that you don’t have an SLI configuration every time you boot. Your configuration options
		shouldn’t be so complex that I have to choose between a basic and advanced mode, both of which are as
		equally useless as each other.
	<dt><a href="/art/aol">AOL</a></dt>
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