Instead of installing a million plugins to turn off features you don't want, why not use ONE plugin?
Attention: This plugin is not actively being worked on. It should still work, and I'm fiddling with a total re-write to address some doing_it_not_right() bits, but don't expect a whole lot right now. If you're interested in taking it over, let me know.
I don't like certain things, like curly 'smart' quotes and self pings. Instead of installing six or seven plugins to do this, I thought I'd make one plugin to cover the usual suspects. Instead of just disabling everything, Disabler lets you pick and choose what settings you want turned off, in a dead simple UI.
This plugin will let you disable/remove the following features:
Front End Settings
Back End Settings
All options default to off, and get cleaned up on uninstall.