That Little Right Sided Thing... ;)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bobber205, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    What's the little bar on the far right side that's always full of stuff on a XP computer called? Not the one that laucnhes apps, but the one that's kind of a holder for certain dialogue type boxes.
     
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  3. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    AKA the popup generator/crap-o-meter/annoying thing that does not go away/ annoy-o-meter/"yes i'm quite aware that I just plugged a device in, thanks for the useless info!" tray/etc.

    Oh yes, and system tray. ;)
     
  4. janey macrumors 603

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    and it's not somewhat conceptually similar to macosx's menubar? :O Psh. I'm quite fond of certain tray items in winxp i wish i had in osx.
     
  5. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    Conceptually, XP and OS X are similar. Implementation wise, they are vastly different. My thoughts of the system tray are similar to Kingsly. By the way, why do we care what this is called??
     
  6. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Conceptually similar? Really?

    Windows XP thought: "Let's make a P.O.S. that runs on TONS of computers!".

    Mac OS X: "Let's make a super stable OS that runs on OUR computers."

    Different to me. :D

    Just kidding. ;)
     
  7. Lixivial macrumors 6502a

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    I've always had a bit of a smile at Macintosh users who mock the System Tray in Windows and then load their Menu Extras with superfluous garbage. Although, granted, there aren't many Menu Extras that pop up critical information in a balloon format, but still...
     
  8. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    Can Menu Extras even do that??

    But that's the problem with the system tray: it's CONSTANTLY popping up annoying balloon messages that you don't care about and every other application seems to want to put an icon down there. That's the upside to Apple leaving the Menu Extras API closed (yeah I know there are still hacks), it keeps is clean and sane.

    Plus Menu Extras are actually, you know, useful most of the time.
     
  9. unsanity macrumors newbie

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    Well, I have one that updates with Digg articles, and they pop up in balloons

    The point remains, though, that I chose for that to be there, and I like it. I hate the windows one too because it always closes so quickly I can never get to the stuff I want to, and end up opening it 6 times....grrr
     
  10. Lixivial macrumors 6502a

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    Indeed. I wasn't debating the value of one over the other; Menu Extras is nowhere near as obnoxious as the System Tray, but I was simply saying that I find it somewhat amusing when a common complaint was the amount of "junk" in the system tray. Then I see screenshots with about 10 or so Menu Extras and I find it a bit amusing. Of course, that's not to say those're the same people who were complaining about the System Tray in the first place.

    Although I will assert my opinion that a lot of the Menu Extras -- third-party ones, that is -- have about an equal value to third-party System Tray objects. That is to say, there's a lot of junk amongst the few gems. The worst difference being that too many Windows apps want to, as has been said, put an icon in the System Tray.

    A perfect example of the balloon pop-up issue in the System Tray? Try the prompt to enter your credentials for a PEAP network using WZC. That's the most obnoxious thing I have ever seen. :)
     
  11. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Unless you turn the balloon notifications off in the preferences. ;) Seriously, I rarely get any notifications from the system tray. When I send out an email, the virus scan runs, and shows a little pop-up but that's about it. Of course, I'm not one who load superfluous crap on windows start-up and I try to keep the system as lean as possible (unless I'm trying to find a program that does something very specific).
     

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