Anyone who works in the IT field (especially education) has had to, at one time or another, deal with the pesky crap that computer manufacturers ship out with the pre-installed version of Windows XP that comes standard. For those of us in higher ed, this means that, come September, a thousand brand-new desktops and laptops will arrive on campus, all chock-full of brand-new crap software just waiting to slow it down and block the installation of our McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i w/ePO solution. Fortunately, Jason York over at yorkspace.com has taken it upon himself to create an AutoIt script called the PC De-Crapifier that removes all the pre-installed Scheisse that comes on new Dell computers (although York has renamed the script with a more generic title, after Dell’s brand people contacted him). The script toasts the pesky McAfee Personal Firewall, Security Center, SpamKiller, and VirusScan Online trials, and offers you the chance to get rid of a bunch of other useless stuff. As a nice bonus, it automatically (if you choose) disables things like QuickTime from running on startup and sucking up valuable system resources. Given the nature and completeness of the script, I’d have to say Jason’s been there before, and hopefully, by using his script, we won’t have to be yet again this year. Mmmmmm….