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Vote for me: I'll ban full-screen software installation

This isn't 1999 anymore, and we won't stand for having our precious screen real-estate dominated by one program as it installs itself on to our hard drives

There are many things in the world that need to be seen in full-screen mode to be appreciated: videogames and Web browsers are just two. But please, software developers, one thing that should be banished from the face of the Earth, and that's full-screen installs. They're pointless, they don't benefit anybody and in 2008 they're about as welcome in my home as Tracy Emin -- a woman I will one day have jailed for being a demented waste of blood and organs.

I recently had to put up with a full-screen installation from a major electronics manufacturer that produces excellent webcams. Now, some makers use install screens to educate the user as to what the software they've just bought does. Photoshop has done this and I very highly doubt anyone who spent hundreds of pounds on the software was even slightly oblivious to the function of the program.

This isn't 1999 anymore, and we won't stand for having our precious screen real-estate dominated by one program as it installs itself on to our hard drives. If Hillary or Obama pledged to eliminate full-screen install screens, I'd buy my way into American citizenship just to place my 'X' on the electronic voting machines that don't work, and then another one on one that does.

Maybe I should just run for president instead -- I may know nothing about politics, but if the only thing I accomplished in four years was to ban install screens I'd be a damn sight better than Bush. Actually, make that two things: Emin would be first against the wall.