Swinging back to the rant about HP's Deskjet bloatware, we've found a couple of interesting tidbits that at least point to why things are screwed up. The first interesting factoid is that there's a configuration line in the autorun script for the software that notes "Administrator Required", as a boolean. Apparently some folks are getting success by uninstalling the bloatware (which can't be done completely using the uninstall routine), copying the CD files over to the PC, then changing that config file line from a '1' to a '0'. The second interesting bit was that if I turned off Norton AntiVirus' real-time file scanning, the software will come up (under an Administrator's account) quickly. Now, I don't know about you folks, but I don't particularly like the idea of turning off real-time protection (I have done it on my kids' machine, where there are very tight parental controls on there that only let them go to places like Nick Jr or Cartoon Network). The latest bit on this is that "Gene" (think Sanjay) at HP recommends an uninstall / reinstall. Cue Marvin the Martian voice "Oh goody!". Gotta love the inevitable registry corruption that will come from repeated installation cycles.
Recommended reads du jour are Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11
and Preserving Auschwitz
Best line of the day is from Jay Leno - "The Department of Agriculture has classified batter-coated frozen French fries as fresh vegetables. And Saudi Arabia is our ally in the war against terrorism. Same kind of thinking, basically."