Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Toolbar Madness

By now, every computer user has been inundated with Internet browser toolbar offers. Installing just about any piece of software includes an option to install a branded toolbar from Google, Bing, Yahoo, et al. Plus many Internet security suites/anti-virus programs install their own toolbars.

I like to keep things simple, so I don't use any of them. But yesterday at the Corner Bakery, I saw a guy who installed practically all of them! Seriously, this guy had Internet Explorer maximized on his laptop, and toolbars consumed the upper 50% of the screen! I've never seen anything so ridiculous. The guy had to scroll every couple of paragraphs because that's all that would fit in his reduced browser space. He can't possibly use all of those toolbars, and even if he does, it can't be worth the inconvenience it causes on every freaking web page.

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