A Fix For One Java Annoyance?
One of the ongoing irritations of Windows computer maintenance is having to clean up after programs that won't behave themselves. And one of the foremost offenders in that category is Sun Microsystems' Java Runtime Environment software. Although it's smart enough to check for, download and install its own updates, it's too stupid to uninstall old versions.
These old releases aren't little files, they each take up 100 megabytes or more. Check in your Add or Remove Programs control panel now--you just might find that you've lost a gigabyte of disk space in this manner.
Earlier this week, Sun spokeswoman Terri Molini responded to a query in e-mail, passing along this statement from Sun's chief technical officer Bob Brewin:
This is a known problem and we are going to be immediately addressing such issues as part of our general strategy for improving the experience of those using the Java Runtime Environment, where such issues as installation size, download time and runtime behavior are a barrier to ease of use and/or general user experience of Java.
Immediately, eh? We'll be waiting anxiously...
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