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Re: irritation

Google used to be nice about what they offered. They didn't force anything on you. Their Picassa program is exceptional, it's free, and it's a program unto itself - doesn't involve internet. Just a nice freebie. I use the Google toolbar alot, but when they first "improved" it, they removed the function I used alot while still leaving the icon behind. Very annoying. Now it's the extra find bar. They keep making it worse instead of better.

I'm wary, too, of downloading programs, but some have been genuinely beneficial. I'd be lost without Shortkeys (which has NEVER caused one iota of trouble.) My free AVG virus protection has proved as good, sometimes better than, Norton & McAfee. The free Zone Alarm, firewall protection works great too. (only had trouble once when MS Update wrote an update that conflicted with Zone Alarm) And I still love Google - if they'd just stop "improving" it!

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <inlandjim1@q.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] irritation

I've always been wary of stuff like Google's tool bar, which may
explain why I'm 20 years behind on the technology curve [I still have
trouble figuring out my damn cell phone]. Given a choice, I never down
load any program, especially free ones.

On Jan 4, 2009, at 7:38 AM, Kitty wrote:

I'm getting pretty irritated by Google's insistance to be
omnipresent on my screen.  They keep "improving" their product which
mainly serves to put their name on your screen as many ways as they
can find.  Each time they update, upgrade their toolbar, they create
a new presence.  Yes, I eventually figure out a way to rid my screen
of these intrusions without totally losing the benfit of google, but
I wish they'd ASK first before changing things on you.

The latest pain is that when you click the find tool to find a word
on the page, an additional toolbar appears at the bottom of the
screen.  It's redundant and takes up more space.  The only benefit I
can see is that GOOGLE is now one more time visible to you.  That is
a benefit to Google, not to me.

Now I have to spend time at Google figuring out how to keep it from
popping up.  Geez!

neIN, Zone 5
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Inland Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
39.9" Precipitation
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 102 F [39 C]

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