A java update, ooOoo!

Well, now I finally understand why it’s so important that Sun’s Java doesn’t worry about little things like giving you a choice in whether or not they run the Java helper on your system. Obviously all of us use Java all of the time. But, what my computer was missing was, it’s so clear now… Puzzle Pirates.

I don’t know why, but this just pushed a button somewhere. It is time to begin the Annual KFS1’s “Better Then Microsoft” award for companies that manage to out-Microsoft Microsoft at the kind of evil crap we hate MS for. Right now Sun, Adobe and Corel are fore-runners in the category of “Showing Total Lack of Respect for Customers”. EA’s download manager came close to putting them in the running but, while they neglect to give you an install-time option for disabling auto-updates, it wasn’t hard to find it in the app itself.

Any nominations?

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Please note that the guy who wrote the Windows XP Auto-Update Needs to Restart Your Computer And There is Nothing You Can Do To Stop Me is a Microsoft Employee and so is exempt from receiving the award – although if someone would like to beat the guy to death with the award, or anything, I would be happy to pay your air fare and dry cleaning costs, buy your meals for a year and provide you with 2 gallons of your favorite drink. We can discuss payment afterwards.

hehe I almost installed it too, just caught it when I pressed next so I went back and unchecked it.
Why the hell did they add that?

Please note that the guy who wrote the Windows XP Auto-Update Needs to Restart Your Computer And There is Nothing You Can Do To Stop Me is a Microsoft Employee and so is exempt from receiving the award – although if someone would like to beat the guy to death with the award, or anything, I would be happy to pay your air fare and dry cleaning costs, buy your meals for a year and provide you with 2 gallons of your favorite drink. We can discuss payment afterwards.

QFMFT!

Candidate:
Apple for “OMG U HAVE ITUNES; WANT SAFARI 2 AND KVIKTIME?? ” every frikkin time they make a .0.0.1 update to itunes (without any releasenotes, thank you idiots), and the checkboxes are default checked even if I never installed either.

I’d add Apple, too. Especially given their overzealous QT file and MIME associations in multiple locations.

“We play MPEG for you, k?”
No. That’s not OK.
“OK. We no play MPEG for you.”
Click on MPEG link and QT pops open.
“We play MPEG for you!”
What the hell?
*unchecks all video in file type and MIME sections (because it needs a separate section, right? Can’t infer one from the other.)*
Click on MPEG link.
“We play MPEG for you!”
WTF?!?!!
Oh, that’s right. To stop that behavior you need to uncheck Transport Streams in multiple locations.
*unchecks Transport Streams*
*click on MPEG link*
“Haha! OK Mr. Smarty-pants! You gots us! We no play MPEG for you now!”
*Apple iTunes 7.7.1.12 is available. Would you like to download a full install because we can’t be bothered with updating through patches?*

And then there’s the defaults of:
– You have iPhone, right! I install a service for that to run at startup!
– You have Air Tunes, right! I look for them!

And then one of my other favorites… behavior on insertion of CD.
When you insert a CD:
-Show CD
-Begin Playing
-Ask to Import CD
-Import CD
-Import CD and Eject

err… where’s the “Do Nothing” option? Oh, that’s right. It’s an Apple product. “We handle CD, k?”

And my latest favorite which I don’t know if it’s an iTunes 8 thing or a Vista thing, but everything I do in iTunes from launching it to click an interface button is accompanied with an annoying sound. And is there anything in the options for interface sounds? You guessed it!

*sigh*

Most people will miss the check box and inadvertantly end up with this Potentially Unwanted Program on their desktop.
I mean, the icon does not even look good!
And the uninstall package doesn’t even remove the shortcut from the start menu. It’s not even a well-written PUP. I sure wish I didn’t need the JAVA Runtime.

I have to admit, installing Apple software under windows is “”teh suck””. On a Mac, it makes sense, following the philosophy of “makin’ it just work”. MacOs is /designed/ to perform well with a ton o’ stuff “just running”, and Mac users don’t have to be paranoid about every last process potentially being the enemy.

I notice that Apple seem to have noticed that we were killing all their lovely services etc and have responded by making them dependencies or checking for them and restarting them. Listen, if you’re going to write a service that polls for new hardware and then write something into your system to poll for the service….

Just put the bloody service into your app

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