Quick post/app review (I’ll get back to more substantive stuff soon, I promise. I’m just a little otherwise occupied right now…)
Last week, my work computer got its symantec update. I already strongly dislike the antivirus: it makes my computer run slower, especially when using a flash drive, CD, etc. Plus, c’mon: it’s in my best interest to be careful what I download, so I am careful as a matter of course. I really don’t think the symantec is doing anything other than slowing down my work. That’s not the point, though. The point is that with the new update came a new menubar icon, which I can’t remove, and which is in color! UNACCEPTABLE.
I can deal with an unusable icon. But not one that is yellow when all my other icons are b/w. It attracts my eye. It bothers me. It’s like a piece of lint on a perfect black suit. Or a squashed bug on a parquet floor. I know, I know, I’m an unreasonable neat-freak. Be that as it may: I had to do something about this state of affairs.
Enter: Bartender. I had looked at this little app before but had decided $15 was too much for its service. Symantec made me change my mind. Think of Symantec as a skeezy bar patron, and Bartender as a muttonchopped, old-timey hatted, INTIMIDATING fellow.
Symantec has been unceremoniously kicked out of the bar. And the “bottles” I actually use at the bar have been arranged *just so*, with labels facing out. (To take this out of the metaphor and actually tell it like it is: Bartender allows you to show the menubar items you want in the order you want, hide those you want to hide in a secondary bar, and hide others completely if you don’t want to see them.)
As I said, $15 is pretty steep, but for the pleasure of keeping my desktop clean and distraction-free, it’s a price I’m willing to pay. Now if only Bartender could provide me with a nice 30 year tawny Port, or maybe a lambic beer… Sigh. My visit to Paris isn’t that far away, so no complaints!