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Fixing the shortcomings of Windows

I've been a willing, full-time user of Windows since 2000 or thereabouts.  I transitioned back in from the Linux world on Windows 2000, and while its start-up time was gratingly-awful, I grew to understand and even appreciate what it had to offer.  When I tried XP, I was sold, delighted, converted.

Of course, Windows has its limitations, and you don't have to look very far to find people crying them as a reason to convert to Linux.  It's not enough for me, especially since it is relatively easy to write to code to extend and modify the Shell.  I've had some fun, over the years, doing just that.  While it is not technically a Shell Extension (it started out as one and grew into its own funky thing), my utility SmokeyBox adds fun and useful features to the Windows desktop.

The latest tool in my making-Windows-better toolbox is StExBar, and I am deeply impressed  with it.  Written by the fine, brilliant gentleman who brought us TortoiseSVN, it adds an extensible toolbar to Shell windows.  It comes with many excellent features that make any software engineer's/power user's life much easier.

I can't recommend it highly enough.  Go check it out and thank me later.