Monday, June 13, 2005
Seven habits of highly effective explorer.exe
I'm very annoyed that there's no way for me to have a consistent set of basic shell settings on all machines I'm logged into. This is what roaming profiles are supposed to do, and they worked in the CS lab at UNL, but for some reason or another they aren't used here... perhaps they don't work so well for developers and people who have admin rights on dozens of different boxes and regularly need to flush out their user profiles or replace OS components or silly things like that. It still greatly annoys me. I think that there's a lot of room for Microsoft to improve in this area. Just for Explorer changes, every time I log into a new computer I have to (1) switch to List mode, (2) turn on the status bar, (3) turn off the horrid Common Tasks pane, (4) turn off file extensions, (5) turn off showing the full path in the title bar, (6) turn off small icons, and (7) arrange the toolbars to waste less space. I've got those things down to a science by now, I guess, but I'd still love to not have to do them. It's better than dealing with defaults. I guess the challenge for dealing with the kind of configuration I'm working under is knowing which settings to roam and which ones to keep constant. In an ideal world, I could even have access to programs not installed with Windows like Winamp, Firefox, and Metapad/EmEditor, but having those things installed automatically just for me is a bit further down the road from just remembering my damned Explorer settings.
at 9:08 PM