Friday, January 6, 2006

computers: Google Pack

Google Pack offers a lot of software I already have: the flakey Norton AntiVirus 2005, the fine Firefox (I'm on the bleeding edge with nightly Gecko 1.9 trunk updates), the fairly useless Google Desktop Search, and the unstable Adobe Reader. What the heck, maybe Google has made some improvements, and I've used Ad-Aware SE on friends' sadly victimized computers. So I'm installing it as I write.

Right away, the fresh Ad-Aware SE tells me my definitions are 120 days old. ?!? Why the heck can't Google provide the most recent version! Checking for updates gives:
New definitions file available!
Build: SE1R85 04.01.2006, Date: 04.01.2006

Hmm, is that April 1st 2006? I hate apps that don't use the ISO8601 date format. And isn't Google supposed to automatically update these applications? So I've now got Adobe's Check for updates now, Firefox's Check for Updates, Norton's LiveUpdate, and Ad-Aware's Connect for updates, and Google Updater.

I'm not impressed so far, this is no better integrated than Macromedia Flash offering the Yahoo Toolbar.

Update: I run Google Earth for the first time and it says "A new version of Google Earth beta is available". C'mon!

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  • Sounds like you'd made your mind up before you even downloaded. So why bother?

    By mageets, at January 07, 2006 4:56 AM  

  • Why bother?

    Because, as I wrote, "maybe Google has made some improvements" and "isn't Google supposed to automatically update these applications"? No and no.

    By skierpage, at February 01, 2006 9:28 PM  

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