If you took a poll, what would the most popular desktop gadget be? Probably an analog clock. Different minds work in different ways, so it’s no surprise that some love the ribbon and others hate it. It’s been a while since I saw anyone with a digital wristwatch, but we’re just about all stuck with digital when it comes to clock radios. I like the ribbon.
I think one problem with the ribbon is that it is not independently scalable, which means that it is intrusive on some screen displays and much less so on others, and you can only change the size of it by messing with your carefully-selected screen settings, which then ruins your display. If memory serves me well, it was the same Ted who started a thread (rhyme accidental) about not being able to read his screen display. I think the aspect ratio of the screen has a lot to do with the ribbon being a visual sore thumb when it is one, and I would like to see them provide a means of adjusting the size of it.