I know I've been ranting and raving lately, but here's another one.
There is NO way to completely remove the network connection icons in the system tray of XP. You know the one, the little computer with the red "X" (when it's not connected). For some reason, it is impossible to remove this thing without some pretty decent computer hacking. At least, I haven't heard about a way so far. The only way to really remove it is to actually disable that network adapter in the devices menu. But that's not good. I want the device enabled, I just want the icon to never be in the tray...ever.
What's even more confusing and frustrating is that if you go to the connection properties, there's the somewhat deceptive settings about this whole thing (see the last two checkboxes):
But that doesn't really work. The icon will still show up in various situations. I've read about it online, how it will never really go away even if you uncheck those options.
So, why? Why is this such an impossible issue? What's wrong with these companies? When did we stop paying attention to the little things that matter, and only focus on the shiny, largely useless features?