Our intent is to make a user's TechTracker page easy to find and to make sure new user's know about it. The TechTracker login link is only visible if you use TechTracker. For users that don't use TechTracker, the bottom toolbar serves as a call to action to learn more. For users that do use TechTracker, the bottom toolbar is redundant in that it is another way of getting to your TechTracker page, however, it does provide a snapshot of your scan results, which you can't get at the top. You can collapse the bottom toolbar by clicking on the arrow on the far right. We're continually evaluating the TechTracker experience, so thanks for the input.
For manually checking for updates in the way you described there is a Setting that can improve the experience. In the Settings menu found as a result of either left or right clicking the TechTracker icon in the system tray there is a setting for "Scan immediately when CNET TechTracker launches". If you have this set to yes, TechTracker will initiate a scan when you launch the app by double clicking on your TechTracker desktop icon. When the scan completes, the balloon notification is shown. You can click on it and your TechTracker page with the most current results will open (assuming you are already logged in to cnet.com). We didn't have the TechTracker page automatically open at the conclusion of a scan because many users find it disruptive to be working on their computer if focus is abruptly taken away to another application, e.g., in the case a person initiates a scan and starts working on something else. Knowing this now, how might that change your request?
You suggest using Support or feedback!!!
Well here is a response to a support inquiry!!!!
The answer was like the summary of how the system works that I had submitted and asked why it works that way????
The other half of the question was not addressed??
Thank you for your query! The shortcut that is installed on your desktop is a link to the item in your task bar and can be deleted if you find it cumbersome. From the taskbar you can simply right-click on the TechTracker icon and choose "Scan Now" to perform a scan. It will then only take you to your TechTracker page if you have updates to download and you direct it to do so.
In short, the shortcut on your desktop can be deleted and everything you need can be done through the icon in your taskbar.
CNET TechTracker Support
CNET member 12/10/2009 06:26 PM
Tech Tracker is listed in the login toolbar and then you added another toolbar next to the status bar.
Why do we have to have two listing.
I use Tech Tracker manually to check for updates.
To do so I have to open the icon on the desk top then open the icon in the task bar then scan the system and then open the app page.
That is a lot of steps Why can we not just scan and open a current app page from the desktop icon in one step.
Other update program open that way. Why is Tech Tracker different.