While I was chatting with Dwight Silverman (Houston Chronicle) last week in Vegas he mentioned that HP promised to send him an evaluation Pavilion tx1000 Tablet PC. The HP Pavilion tx1000 is the convertible launched at the CES last week and Dwight said he was looking forward to giving it a whirl. SInce then he’s gotten one in his hot little hands and I’m not so sure he’s still excited about it. It seems that HP has infested the tx1000 with crapware, or craplets as Dwight calls them. Not just a few, either, Dwight says there are 15 icons on the desktop and only one is Windows Vista related (Recycle Bin), Sheesh, when will OEMs ever learn? I’ve been complaining about crapware for years and it just won’t stop. Come on, HP, get your act together.
As is the case with Pavilions in general, it’s chock full o’ junkware. There are 15 icons on the desktop at bootup, only one of which is a Windows system item — the Recycle Bin. Most are links to trialware or marketing come-ons.
There are quite a few applications that launch at bootup, including one that had me swearing under my breath. Sliding onto the desktop from the right edge of the screen is a nag window, urging you to activate the notebooks’ trial version of Norton Internet Security. Until you do, it pops up every few minutes . . . ssllooowwwwllllyyyy expanding, like something creepy sneaking into the room. There’s a Close link on it, but nothing that lets you tell it, "Quit bothering me, dammit!"