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Adobe Acrobat Reader
joined:Jan 27, 2003
You can use package managers like GetIt [puchisoft.com], but admittedly they're not for everyone.
But sometimes its updater leaves an annoying pop-up box saying there is an update which sits on top of every other window on your desktop.
Also if you are viewing sites which are password protected, you have to reenter the usernames and passwords and the restart process makes a real mess of these. You'll get one password request start typing, all your text disappears as another password request comes up. Its at least 10 minutes to wait for all the sites to comeback and get the UN/PW into all the requests.
maybe mid to late 90's you wouldnt have even thought about a self updating program making people just dump the program itslef becuase of a informational screen.
back then it woudl have been what...? cold callers? those door hangers for carpet cleaners?
i can only imagine what people will be griping about another 15 years from now..
"is it me, or is it soooo annoying when your android maid touches your heiny when waking you up. Its like really? could you keep you hands off my rump"
"i cant believe my jet pack is only getting 40 miles to the tank. i fly pretty economically, i wonder if i need to drop a few pounds."
joined:Aug 12, 2004
"This friggin' black hole emulator... I'm taking it back for a refund. I specifically keyed in August 5th, 2127 and it dumped me on July 5th. Piece of junk."
Digging through the update options and setting them appropriately can save an awful lot of annoyance.
Or you can simply disable all of the auto-updaters, and use a program like Secunia's PSI to find all your programs that need to be updated once per week or month on a particular day. Or run it manually if you're not prone to forget to do it.
- Windows Update
- Apple Software Update
- HP PC Healthcheck
- Firefox Update
- Chrome Update
- Google Toolbar Notifier Update
- Open Office Updater
- Adobe Acrobat Update
- Adobe Air Update
- ZoneAlarm Upgrade
- AVG Upgrade (updates are silent - hurrah!)
... almost no time for getting any work done.
I wonder if brands like Apple realise that the few installs that they get is far outweighed by negative brand experience the stupid installer creates.
I use Linux so every single bit of software is updated in the same way. I do get the update applet asking to do updates every so often, but I have not had to reboot for years, or even close a app I had not finished with for months.
I cannot understand why an update of a application should require you to restart.
There are two main reasons
1) Sloppy programming.
2) Replacing files that are open and cannot be easily closed (typically .exe and .dll files).
In reality, only OS updates (and some extensions) should ever require a restart.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Grrr! I wondered if I was the only one who got really annoyed by this...
First it says the updater wants your attention, well does it now, it can join the back of the queue! Then if I finally decide to give it some attention, say yes, tell it to do it's thing. Then it says the following programs need to be closed: Mozilla Firefox, yes, that would be the program I really need to be using. Eventually I close Firefox and let it do it's thing, then 30 seconds later it's demanding a system restart!
Really annoying, constantly bugging you like a pesky kid or animal!