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Salon: Open-source bloatware

Apr 27, 2000, 00:03 (7 Talkback[s])

"The free-software world's version of Microsoft's paper clip describes itself the best: "An inspiring example of form following function -- to Hell."

"Could somebody please slap Joel Holveck, hard? No single Microsoft software "innovation" (with the possible exception of Microsoft Bob) has ever been reviled as much as the leering animated paper clip "help assistant" that first debuted three years ago in Office 97. But now, thanks to the deranged creativity of free-software developer Holveck, the world has been blessed, or cursed, with a tool no one ever asked for -- Vigor, a Unix text editor complete with its very own paper clip help assistant."

"Sound like a joke? Well, yes, it is, or at least it was. Vigor got its start as a weeklong run of jokes in the geek-obsessed cartoon strip "User Friendly." But what was once idle fun is now horrible reality. Vigor lives. Or, more accurately, it interrupts. Vigor's sole purpose is to annoy users with snide comments that must be acknowledged with a click on the OK button before work can continue."

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