Who is Talking?

Another silly screenshot for you. I know who is popping up this messagebox (Adobe Reader 7), but why should I have to play detective? Why don't you just tell me the name of the app you want to upgrade?

Ohh, and software companies if you are listening, we are in the day and age of not rebooting our computers every other day. I will leave a system up for months if it will let me. This means, you need to figure out how to apply patches without rebooting, or at the very least, queue the patches so they all get applied the next time I reboot.

Finally, why does a simple PDF reader require a system reboot?


Jason said...

There's a few things at work here. First, people rely on installers far too much now. They don't put any thought into customizing how their program is added, customized, or removed on the machine. They just fork over cash for the latest InstallShield and use the default. NSIS for me, thank you.

Next, you made the mistake in thinking Acrobat is a simple PDF reader. Adobe wants to control your entire PC. I hate to know how much bloat and additional programs they run along with Acrobat. I finally found a freeware program that can view PDF's, and I have been much happier ever since. (Alternatively, you can use the PDF download extension from Firefox to avoid the whole situation.)

Ben said...

I leave my system up for months at a time.... I rely on power surges/brown outs to reboot it when necessary. :)

I agree with you about Adobe. What the hell are they putting in my system that requires a reboot after install from a CD?

The best one I have seen is the message when you are running an older version of Adobe Acrobat (i.e 5) on your local machine and you open a PDF in IE from the web. The warning states,

This file may contain newer information than this viewer can support. It may not open or display correctly. Adobe recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of our Acrobat products. Please visit our product site at http://www.adobe.com/acrobat

The keyword is MAY in that message. It is not definite. I guess they think that most of us have $300 just laying around to drop on the latest and greatest Acrobat. Wow, what planet are they from?