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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Thursday January 12, 2006
10:56 AM

I'd like to control that myself, thank you

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Had a new icon in my toolbar which I assumed came from the Yahoo messenger which my boss asked me to install. Turned out instead it was notification that "there's a new Macromedia flash player available."

You know, honestly I don't care. But I do care about the icon: I don't want to see it.

My options, of course, are "update," "remind me later," and "settings." No, I don't want you to remind me later. Give me an "I don't care" button or checkbox that just turns it off. That must be in "settings," right?

But settings takes me to a webpage. That's right, I have to go online to change my settings. Utterly bizarre. I want the programs on MY computer (well, my company's) to be configured by me. I don't want them configured by a database on some other company's computer. I don't want that company to even know I exist. I don't want my program to check online to see if it should check online to find updates.

What utter crap.

It looks like it's possible this is just a flash applet that lets you change your local settings. But I can't tell. And Macromedia's not a company I trust to make the right decision about what level of the API stack should hold a piece of information. (I mean that in a software engineering sense, but I suppose I feel the same way in a privacy sense.)

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  • There’s this nice big hammer, it’s called Task Manager…

  • As of a little while ago, s/Macromedia/Adobe/

    And after being told to upgrade Acrobat with a maximum "remind me later" of "3 days", I trust them even less than Macromedia.