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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Can We Streamline the Updating Process Slightly, Please?

Earlier, Java wanted to do an update. I clicked "Okay" (or whatever) and it did something, while I went back to reading an article with which I was almost finished. Before I could get much farther into it, the Java window popped-up again, asking me to confirm the update. I did so and went back, once again, to my article. I finished maybe another two sentences when the damned thing popped-up again, this time to tell me it was downloading updates which would then download updates!!!

This actually isn't unusual; it has become de rigeur for updates to download files which then download the actual updates. Why, I do not know, but I'm pretty sure it was meant to establish a two-tier process during which the user had the option of canceling the process. Still, by this point, I have been interrupted not once, not twice, not three times, but four times (as Java is set to update automatically) and still have yet to finish the article I was reading when this debacle began.

Okay, okay! So the program is updating while I read my article, and before I can finish - and, mind you, I was midway through the thing at the start of this - here comes this window again, this time asking if I want to install the Yahoo! Toolbar with the Java update. I choose and click "Continue" and this is when it finally goes about its business.

I finished the article and closed the window and Java had one more thing to say: It had finished its business and wanted to let me know it would continue to bug the living shit out of me whenever it could.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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