||[Dec. 11th, 2010|02:42 pm]
|||||sniffly but accomplished||]|
I hate developers. More specifically, I hate shovelware.
I think that Softex OmniPass was installed on my computer by Fujitsu, likely to support thumbprint identification. It's common on tablets, but functionality I don't usually use. But, for whatever reason, trying to log on to a site I was trying to visit caused Internet Explorer to crash, because (it looks like) the DLL OmniPass registered to intercept the authentication and provide credentials performed an ACCESS VIOLATION.
Really, guys? Access violation? This is what you've got?
...anyways, nuked. Off my system, lousy piece of crap.
The problem is, the only reason I figured out what had happened was because I have:
1. Visual Studio installed.
2. The developer mojo to identify from the debugger that there was a particular DLL causing the problem.
3. The persistence to look up the DLL on my system.
4. The knowledge to identify from the location which program was causing my problems.
5. The balls to delete crapware from my system.
Let's face it, this isn't developer rocket science, here, but probably 99.999% of people couldn't do this. So if they had this problem, they'd just be screwed.
And even with all my knowledge, my first attempt to fix the problem was to upgrade to IE9.
Bonus suck: it looks like Comcast's "Domain Helper" functionality messes up the fall back to search functionality from IE9, which rather sucks, considering there's no search bar in IE9 (they consolidated the address bar and the search bar into one bar, which I'm ambivalent to mildly displeased about, but... whatever). Looks like you can turn Domain Helper off, but I was still getting Comcast search for a couple of attempted navigations afterwards, so I'm not sure the toggle is connected to anything.