Update Nagging: Getting out of Hand

Friday November 04, 2011 by cl0secall

These days it seems I have less and less time to use my machine, let alone maintain things. At the same time I've noticed that software has become increasingly whiny and nagging when "new versions" become available. WordPress, Firefox, SumatraPDF, FileZilla, Notepad++ are just a few that come to mind that more often than not demand that an update get installed close to every time I use them. (Maybe not so much with Firefox.)

What's the point? I'm not really sure. A quick search on the WordPress nag indicates that it's some kind of nudge towards "don't come crying in the forums if some nifty ajax thingy doesn't work in your ancient browser". Like that's going to work. Congratulations, now folks will barge into your forums and complain about the nagging pop-ups.

I do know one thing: Each and every one of those programs is up for review to be replaced with something less needy. I need a bit more longevity out of my software. WordPress and Firefox are at the top of that list. I've been planning a Django migration for some time now, and I've been exploring alternate browsers as well.