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How many desktop icons is too many? Personally, I think the correct answer is "anything more than one," but someone in the business development group at Samsung obviously disagrees with me.
This startup screen could be Exhibit A in the case against crapware. There are 17 icons on the desktop, and they cover the full range of needless junk: unnecessary utilities, trialware, a user guide, and a feedback form. Hey, I've got some feedback right here...
The signature feature of Windows 7 is its redesigned taskbar, which allows you to pin programs and files so you can have quick access to them any time you want.
So, naturally, someone at Sony decided that the perfect complement to the taskbar on the bottom of the screen is a separate dock/toolbar at the top of the screen. It's installed and enabled by default, ready to appear as soon as you accidentally bump the mouse pointer against the top of the screen. And some of the icons are actually folders that spawn secondary toolbars!
On the plus side, none of those icons are on the desktop...
This screenshot documents what I saw shortly after I opened Internet Explorer on a freshly set up HP notebook. It's just so full of fail that it's hard to know where to begin.
There's the HP-branded Bing toolbar, with a search box and a Facebook icon. And then, right below it, there's another toolbar, from Ask.com, with its own search box and its own Facebook button. The Favorites bar has HP and Amazon shortcuts, both of which are duplicated in other toolbars. And the home page is an HP store just filled with offers to sell me software.
Is it any wonder that Internet Explorer just threw up its hands and decided to stop working?