Bloatware can take many forms. Toshiba is a regular offender, loading its notebooks with all sorts of rubbish all of which insist on loading when Window's starts. Dell has made a deal to install Google Desktop on its machines, something else we can definitely do without. Most annoying, however, are the utilities that seemingly do little more than replicate functionality already native to Windows. Many companies, for example, insist on persevering with Media Center-like applications? Why? Media Center itself is brilliant and we're paying a license to use it, so why waste time and space on a program that's half as good? Pointless.
Dodgy Eee PC Knock-Offs
Nothing says "quick buck" quite like copying a successful idea badly and hoping to con consumers into believing your product is actually any good. I'm not saying Asus should have a monopoly on cheap, small and affordable laptops, but it would be nice if such products didn't look like the hastily put together tat of a company trying to cash in someone else's success.
Cheap Vista Laptops
So you can buy a notebook for less than £300 these days: that's just great. But, if companies and retailers are going to sell these machines, can they please have the sense not to install Windows Vista on them? Celeron processors and 1GB of RAM doesn't work with Vista, Home Basic or otherwise. Either use XP or perhaps even better some kind of Linux variety, everyone will be better for it and there will be far fewer customers out there wondering why their notebooks are so slow.
Free Public Wi-Fi
Okay, so it's hardly the fault of the humble notebook, but the continuing quest to find "Free" Public Wi-Fi that actually works makes a mockery of the idea that you can just waltz out the front door and immediately begin to surf the Internet. Surely this must be part of some kind of private joke, perhaps from those companies who provide overpriced Wi-Fi in places like airports and hotels? After all, it's airports where you're most likely to find such "Free Public Wi-Fi" and despite the fact I know it won't work, every time I feel obligated to at least try and connect to the Internet. Thank the lord for HSDPA.
Yes. You. If you've ever walked into a coffee shop and promptly fired up you're notebook then you're officially a raging plonker. This leaves me in a difficult situation since I have done just that myself, making me perhaps worse than anyone else in the plonker stakes. Thankfully, I'm rescued by everyone's favourite love to hate character: the MacBook owner. In fact, let's be a bit more specific and say the MacBook Air owner; who has transcended the normal confines of love/hate to a level that clearly shows them to be without any imagination or free will. Riyad has already done a very good job of outlining the evils of the MacBook Air so let me conclude by saying just one thing: Free Public WiFi. Good Luck.