IE Status Bar
Too silly. I've been frustrated with a new install of XP lately because my Internet Explorer windows for some reason wouldn't keep their status bar at the bottom of the window. The status bar is remarkably useful and I use it constantly when hovering over links to see where the browser will take me upon clicking. For some reason my Internet Explorer would keep losing its status bar. I thought it could be fixed by turning it on (View->Status Bar) then exiting IE completely. Sure enough, that works. When you re-open IE, the status bar appears at the bottom. Try creating another IE window though and your status bar doesn't get created along with it. Argh. This went on for a week and then I had an idea. Microsoft has hugely integrated the abstractions and code behind folder windows, explorer windows and internet explorer windows. So, I opened up my C drive folder, turned on the Status Bar, then went to the Tools->Folder Options menu, then clicked on the View tab then finally clicked on the "Apply to All Folders" button. This effectively tells Windows to open all 'Folder' windows just like the one I am editing (which happens to have its status bar shown). Sure enough, when I re-open IE and start creating windows all the new windows have their status bar shown. WoOt! But, how in HELL would your average user figure this out? As far as most people are concerned, IE and the view of their C drive are as separate as their browser and OS. :) Oh, wait, nevermind. heh.