• Facebook is full of bloatware

    Facebook is full of bloatware

    I’m getting a dark techie feeling lately that I hoped I wouldn’t return to: it’s the sensation I had when I cracked open my new Dell Inspiron laptop in 2005 and was left grappling with all the bloatware already clogging my 60gb hard drive. This time that feeling comes when I open up the Facebook or Messenger apps. There’s honestly just too much stuff, too many… Read More

  • Are We To Blame For Bloatware? The Infatuation With "More"

    Are We To Blame For Bloatware? The Infatuation With "More"

    Few things piss me off more these days than the carriers taking advantage of Google’s openness to load up Android phones with crapware and their own proprietary garbage. But you know, a big part of the problem is us. When Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on stage during our TechCrunch Disrupt conference this past week, he spoke briefly about Google’s thinking with regard to this issue… Read More

  • Microsoft Store PC's won't have bloatware

    In an ironic twist, it’s coming to light that computers purchased from the Microsoft retail stores will not contain the ‘trialware’ that was typically included in new PC’s. This answers one of the criticisms that Apple users typically had about new PC’s. This has been confirmed by both employees and witnesses. Microsoft has stated that the machines sold in… Read More

  • The Bearable Lightness of Droid: How the iPhone aesthetic has finally hit the majors

    One thing that that struck me when I first slid open the Motorola Droid is that the software must have been a non-shipping copy. Historically, when Verizon ships a phone, the stuff in the VCast Music Center, VCast Video, VCast Navigation, and VCast Electo Pet Shop – essentially bloatware that masquerades as value added software. Swiping through the Droid menus I found none of that. Read More

  • Sony to tone down the bloatware and trialware

    Got word this morning that starting in the next few months, Sony’s going to be offering computers free of bloatware and trialware. Amen and thanks for listening. The amount of crud on a new Sony computer has gotten out of hand as of late and refreshingly, Sony’s listened and will begin offering the option to have your rig shipped out clean. Details are sparse at this point but… Read More