Thursday, February 26, 2015

Java updates without Ask Toolbar

One thing that has annoyed me, since Sun started this, was that the Java Installer / Updater would not only have crapware like the Ask Toolbar, but also - of course - have this selected by default.

I always found it inappropriate for a large IT vendor like Sun to include such intrusive sponsoring.
Especially with a security sensitive thing like Java.

Anyway, I just learned that you can turn this off.. Not sure since when.
In the Java Options (Windows Control Panel -> Java) on the Advanced tab, scroll down to the bottom, and there you have it.

Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java.

Quite hidden, and not easily found by exactly those average Joe Users who would actually install the Ask toolbar ...
But ... eh... thanks ?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Google Glass is not dead

Now that everyone rushes to tell us how they always knew that Google Glass had been doomed to fail from the very beginning, I just want to note here, that I'd like to revisit their claim in 1 to 1.5 years.
My guess is, they will look pretty stupid.