This is one of the worst applications I have ever tested. For such a simple task it requires Net Framework 4 and Windows Installer 4.5. It consumes too much resources for just showing an IP address. It does not install in Program Files Folder (the normal installation directory for Windows). It does not provide uninstaller. It scatters junk all over the machine, so one should thoroughly seek for left-overs and delete them manually (searching for bitsoft and showip). There are many free and slim alternatives, both portable and installable (with uninstaller), that look better, work better, do not consume as much resources as this resource hog and do not pollute the system. In fact Net Framework dependent applications are notorious for their appetite, this is the platform for lazy and feckless programmers and the result of their efforts is usually either poor or extremely poor, as in this case.
The software developer responded to this review on Jun 10, 2010:
That was quite a harsh review, and in several parts totally untrue. I ll try to respond.
Upon installation the application is added to the user s Start menu and to the Add/Remove Programs group in the Control Panel. From the Start menu you may launch ShowIP but not uninstall it (keeping your startmenu clean). Instead it s possible to fully uninstall ShowIP from the Add/Remove Programs group via the Control Panel. Find ShowIP by scrolling down in the programs list and click remove/uninstall. (Did you look there?)
This Microsoft technology called ClickOnce Deployment is unlike other deployment technologies. Nothing is added to the Program Files folder, the registry, or the desktop, and no administrative rights are required for installation. (Again, keeping your system clean).
Which brings me do your other allegation that ShowIP is "polluting your system" and "scatters junk all over the machine". I m not sure how and what brought you to this conclusion. The only file(s) that ShowIP creates (if we exclude the installer) is the log file which is saved in the application directory. You do know that it s fully possible delete it? Further on if you like, go to preferences and tick the box to prevent ShowIP to create it in the first place.
I interpret it that your frustration begins with Microsoft or the .NET Framework in the first place "consuming your computer s resources". Let me tell you, get prepared. Almost every developer will eventually jump over to .NET framework.
Here`s another friendly last tip for you: Get a job so you can afford a modern computer that doesn`t get on it s knees when running simple applications.