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TheMG
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join:2007-09-04
Canada
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·NorthWest Tel

[Rant] Update notifications.

Why do applications and operating systems insist on warning you about updates at the least convenient time???

The best time for a notification about new updates should be upon closing the application or before shutting down the OS, not while you're in the midst of doing something!!!

Windows, Firefox, Foxit Reader, etc... they're all guilty of this.



CylonRed
Premium,MVM
join:2000-07-06
Bloom County

1 recommendation

I keep apps and OS up and running for weeks\months at a time - I would not get notifications in that case.... Best time to do it is when the user is there.
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Brian

"It drops into your stomach like a Abrams's tank.... driven by Rosanne Barr..." A. Bourdain


TheMG
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join:2007-09-04
Canada
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Reviews:
·NorthWest Tel

1 recommendation

said by CylonRed:

I keep apps and OS up and running for weeks\months at a time - I would not get notifications in that case.... Best time to do it is when the user is there.

I suppose it depends on your usage.

For me, it would be more convenient to get notifications when closing applications and before putting Windows in sleep mode.

When I get the notifications while I'm busy doing something I tend to close them, with the intention of taking a look at the updates when I'm done, but then I forget about it. Eventually I do get around to it but not as soon as I should.

Oh and if you're wondering why I don't just enable fully automatic updates... I hate having computers do things automatically without my knowledge. I like to review the updates before installing them.


battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000
reply to TheMG

I hate jumping on a server to open Firefox to look at something and I have to wait on Firefox to "finish" it's damn update.
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I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.


Kearnstd
Space Elf
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reply to TheMG

they should at a minimum make them respect programs that currently are in full screen. if you are playing a game for example and Flashplayer decides its time for a patch it will minimize the game and show its update window.
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[65 Arcanist]Filan(High Elf) Zone: Broadband Reports



thegeek
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join:2008-02-21
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reply to battleop

said by battleop:

I hate jumping on a server to open Firefox to look at something and I have to wait on Firefox to "finish" it's damn update.

disable the automatic update


thegeek
Premium
join:2008-02-21
right here
kudos:2
reply to TheMG

said by TheMG:

Why do applications and operating systems insist on warning you about updates at the least convenient time???

The best time for a notification about new updates should be upon closing the application or before shutting down the OS, not while you're in the midst of doing something!!!

Windows, Firefox, Foxit Reader, etc... they're all guilty of this.

you're not forced into updating at that time. just make a mental note that the update is available and perform it at your convenience.

also, update notifications typically stick around unless you acknowledge them. so if you can't keep the mental note then don't clear the notification.


joako
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join:2000-09-07
/dev/null
kudos:6

said by thegeek:

said by TheMG:

Why do applications and operating systems insist on warning you about updates at the least convenient time???

The best time for a notification about new updates should be upon closing the application or before shutting down the OS, not while you're in the midst of doing something!!!

Windows, Firefox, Foxit Reader, etc... they're all guilty of this.

you're not forced into updating at that time. just make a mental note that the update is available and perform it at your convenience.

also, update notifications typically stick around unless you acknowledge them. so if you can't keep the mental note then don't clear the notification.

Firefox if you are using a version of Windows with UAC disabled will force unprompted updates by default.

I gave up with updates and generally disable them. Then every 3 or 4 months I will check for updates manually.
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PRescott7-2097


sivran
Seamonkey's back
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Irving, TX
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2 recommendations

reply to TheMG

I disagree! A better time to notify of updates would be on start up!

...And then let the user tell it to "remind me in an hour" or "remind me at shutdown."
Generally, when I'm shutting things down, I want them to shut down, not spend an hour more updating.
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Think Outside the Fox.



thegeek
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join:2008-02-21
right here
kudos:2
reply to joako

I believe you can still go into the settings of Firefox and uncheck the box for automatic updates.



joako
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join:2000-09-07
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said by thegeek:

I believe you can still go into the settings of Firefox and uncheck the box for automatic updates.

Yes but looks like somewhere between ver 10 and ver 16 there's a new "feature" to bypass UAC and install updates again with no prompting:

quote:
Use a background service to install updates: Firefox will use the Mozilla Maintenance Service when installing updates. This will remove the need to authorize Firefox to make changes to your computer through the User Account Control dialog in Windows 7 and Vista.
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PRescott7-2097