Posts Tagged ‘oracle’

Wave Goodbye to the Java Plugin (If You haven’t Already)

Friday, January 29th, 2016

It certainly didn’t take ESP to see this one coming …

Oracle announced on January 27 that it will deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9. Browser plugins, at least those based on the ancient NPAPI standard, will become a thing of the past in 2016 when all major browsers will stop supporting them. Years ago, browser plugins were used to power a variety of services including media streaming, DRM enforcement, gaming, or web applications.


Avoid Third-Party Sponsor Deals during Java Installation or Upgrade

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

This kind of goes without saying … but it also bears repeating.

The guide offers three methods to disable sponsored offers during the installation or upgrade of Java on machines running the Windows operating system. Sun Oracle’s Java is widely used both on the Internet and also locally on computer systems. While it is still being used on the Internet, modern browsers such as Chrome or Firefox will or already have removed plugin support for Java preventing users of the browser to access content on the Internet that requires the plugin.


Oracle Starts Pushing Yahoo instead of Ask Toolbar with Java Installations

Monday, June 29th, 2015

This isn’t a done deal quite yet, but it’s still good news. The Ask tool bar is more trouble than it’s worth.

When it comes to individual software programs spreading potentially unwanted programs (PUP), it is Adobe Flash and Oracle’s Java that need to be mentioned in this regard in particular due to the immense reach both products have. Adobe’s been spreading McAfee Security Scan Plus with Flash downloads while Oracle had an agreement with Ask to spread the company’s toolbar to user systems. The latter appears a thing of the past though as the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Oracle will soon replace the Ask Toolbar offer included in new Java installations and upgrades with Yahoo offers.


Oh No! Yet Another Java Vulnerability Discovered

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Just when it was starting to look safe to go back into the Java again …

Some time ago I made the decision to ditch Java completely on my system. I had to find a few replacement apps, for instance for the popular file hosting downloader JDownloader or the RSS feed reader RSSOwl, but other than that, I did not really miss Java once I kicked it off the hard drive.


Xmarks Sync Shuts Down, OpenOffice Revolt

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Bookmark synchronization sounds like a useful service, but it is kind of hard to see where the revenue would come from for a business like this.

Two major announcements have been made yesterday, and I thought I pack them into one article for your convenience. First, the news that the popular bookmark synchronization service Xmarks will shut down on January 10, 2011. The very popular service allowed users to sync bookmarks between multiple browsers, for instance between Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.