Java hates users.

In preparation for a class that I’m teaching, I perform a Java update on my Windows 7 system. After avoiding the installation of the crapware toolbar, I complete the installation.

A browser window opens up.

I click the button. Another window opens.

I click the link to resolve the problem. (Yes, the plug-in is enabled.)
I’m brought to a page where I can download and install the latest version of Java. Although I’ve just done that, by way of the update, I humor them and download and run the kit.
I’m rewarded with this:

My solution: I’ve uninstalled Java and refuse to use websites that require it.

More on passwords

When I went to BJ’s  to create an online account, I dutifully created a password with at least eight characters, including at least one letter and one number. As standard practice, I also include a punctuation mark, making password cracking that much more difficult.


BJ’s took exception to my choice. but did so only with a suggestion.

If a password should only contain alphabets (sic) and numerics, (sic+1) etc., then I would still be permitted to use punctuation characters against their advice. Grumble, grumble.

One of an occasional series.
A bunch of years ago, I worked for a software company. It was hard work for long hours. At one point, senior management made the pronouncement that the development team needed to focus more on a particular aspect of the product. The QA manager and I agreed that we’d be Focused More-ons.