My experience with Microsoft Office and such is that over-featured software becomes a real issue, but useful features are, well, useful.
Many software developers think they have to add more to make it better. Thus, their product(s) become glutware.
I have uninstalled many for that very reason. I also get mad when they take out some feature(s), as those are usually the ones I used.
One example: My current XP firewall is about 7 meg. The newest version from the same company is over 35 meg.
I have dropped several virus programs for the same reason -- they become so glutted with unwanted features that they slow the computer to a crawl.
I just recently tried out Avast's version 6 which I had to uninstall. The version 6 has a built-in sandbox program which conflicts with an independent program called Sandboxie. Even turned off, the Avast sandbox causes Sandboxie to not work. I have used Sandboxie for years and would drop Avast before I drop Sandboxie.
posted on 08/17/2011 5:58:56 AM PDT
The other thing is software that’s constantly ‘on’, communicating on the Internet, and taking up too many resources. My Lexmark All-In-One software is like that—never anything else from Lexmark for me!
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson