Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Today is Groundhog Day,
a holiday celebrated in the northeastern United States,
the day when,
according to tradition, the groundhog emerges from
If it sees its shadow, then the frightened groundhog returns to its
burrow, and cold winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
It has never been more than a minor holiday,
good for an amusing story on the evening news,
but not much else.
I recall listening to a BBC World Service news report on the radio.
They were reporting on a speech or press conference given by
somebody or other, and the speaker commented on how any progress made
during the day seemed wiped out by the start of the next day.
"It felt like
The speaker was not referring to the holiday but rather the 1993 movie
with the same name.
Since the holiday Groundhog Day is not well-known outside
the United States, the BBC announcer attempted to explain for
the station's international audience,
but ended up confusing the holiday and the movie:
"Groundhog Day is an American holiday in which the same thing
happens over and over again."
Commenter Mihai wants to know
how to show or hide the Quick Launch bar programmatically.
That's not something a program should be doing.
Whether the Quick Launch bar is shown or hidden is an end user setting,
and programs should not be overriding the user's preferences.
Explorer consciously does not expose an interface for
showing and hiding taskbar bands because it would just be a target
Much like the
program that wants to uninstall other programs,
the taskbar would become a battleground among programs that each
wanted to force themselves on and force their opponents off.
The user is the arbiter of what goes into the Taskbar.
I'm told that Windows Vista added a new
ITrayDeskBand interface that does indeed let
you turn taskbar bands on and off.
(I don't know whether it works for Quick Launch.
Heck, I don't even know if it works at all!
Not my area of expertise.)
The story I heard was that so many programs were doing exactly
what they shouldn't be doing—namely forcing their feature on,
overriding the user's preference—that the Taskbar folks decided,
"If you can't stop people from doing a bad thing,
at least make them do the bad thing under your supervision.
That way you have just one evil thing to support instead of everybody's
home-grown undocumented hack."
It's sort of the Taskbar Needle Exchange Program.