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JAVA UPDATES NOW GETTING SNEAKY WITH 3RD PARTY OFFERS AND THE WORST DANCE EVER!

September 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Technology

JAVA UPDATES GETTING SNEAKY WITH THIRD PARTY OFFERS

JAVA UPDATES GETTING SNEAKY WITH THIRD PARTY OFFERS

So what could be more annoying than another JAVA Update? Well – check out the video clip at the end of my post. For new readers to my blog there’s a method here – I always treat you to a great or rare clip (usually of classic rock) at the end of my post or some piece of video that’s worth the short attention span commitment.

Time to work and – oops there’s that message at the bottom of your computer saying…. JAVA update available.

Of course you think to yourself “Hmmm, I guess I need this.” So you give 10 minutes (more) of the decreasing amount that you have in a week to Sun Microsystems (now the property of Oracle). Long ago, in the late 90’s SUN was one of the biggest most important component elements of the hi-tech experience and the epitome of everything that went eventually went wrong with the Dot com bust.

Why they’re still around – I don’t know. However, you can’t delete it because Java is used by lots of web sites to manage interactive browser content. And it’s also the browser component on many mobile operating systems (just a side note).

But Java other time you turn on your computer wants to be updated. And now, I’ve noticed Java wants to tell you the good news about Sun. Have you heard about Sun? Here’s a nice picture of our logo. Note the Carbonite backup ad on the install screen. Oops – something’s already checked that says “Yes – sign me up for the 30 day free trial.” More on Carbonite (it backs up your entire life online – which I’m sure the conspriracy theorists love).

Okay – that’s it.

Java’s installed a copy of Yahoo Toolbar in your browser instead. Because that’s what programming languages are there to do, right

Thanks to the Neverblog.net for this helpful information of how to end this once and for all.

If you’re sick of getting prompted to update Java, or if you have some web application like Banner that requires a particular version, you can use a simple registry hack to disable notification of available updates.

Open the Registry Editor by going to the Start button and typing in regedt32.
Navigate through to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy
Change the value of EnableAutoUpdateCheck to 0 and the value of EnableJavaUpdate to 0.

Now – for your reward… ha!

The most annoying dance I think I’ve ever seen!!! And I know it’s a school play but and someone means well but… well… you be the judge! Sorry – no Nice 2.0 on this Linda!

CLICK TO WATCH THE WORST DANCE EVER

CLICK TO WATCH THE WORST DANCE EVER

Brian McLane is the President of SplashVideo.tv, a New Media Marketing and Mobile Content Delivery Services Organization based in Midtown Manhattan.

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