I completely agree.
I'm outraged. I want to say more but I am too angry to compose words.
Mac users want software developers that support the Mac philosophy.
Installing daemons and startup items and dependent software that's
hard to uninstall isn't in keeping with either the google or apple
If I want to check for an update I'll do it. If I want an app to check
when I launch it I'll allow it. I don't need or appreciate a
constantly running process that occasionally calls home on it own.
Make a bloody self-contained app.
Hulk Angry, arrrrg!
On Jan 8, 11:46 pm, Amavida wrote:
> I too would like to state that it is NOT OK to silently install daemon
> process's (or any other software frankly).
> It is NOT OK to make this a dependancy of your software & make it
> virtually uninstallable by the end user.
> How dare you tell me it will 'go away in a day or so'.
> My god what a casual attitude!
> This is what drove people from the Windows platform because it is a
> massive security risk.
> I have uninstalled ALL google products & will not re-install until i
> can verify that they have been laundered of this.
> You keep your windows world attitudes mr google developers.
> You are NOT doing this to my Mac!
> On Dec 12 2008, 10:46 am, Roman N wrote:
> > Hi knutoletube,
> > A few points:
> > 0) We feel that outdated software poses a risk, both to the end-user
> > and the programmer developing a Google Earth API web site. That is the
> > purpose for this automatic update mechanism.
> > 1) Google Software Update is installed when you install Google
> > software that relies on it for patches (i.e. security fixes).
> > 2) You can remove Google Software Update by uninstalling all software
> > that uses it, such as the Google Earth Plugin, the Google Talk Plugin
> > (for video chat in Gmail), etc. It will then remove itself
> > automatically after about a day.
> > 3) The Google Earth Plugin installer does not install other plugins;
> > you may have installed the Google Talk plugin (for video chat in
> > Gmail) separately.
> > 4) We are working on modifying the plugin installer wording to clarify
> > that:
> > (a) Google Software Update is being installed and
> > (b) why it's being installed.
> > so that end users are better informed about what's going on behind
> > the scenes.
> > I hope this provides some more insight and eases any concerns you're
> > having. If you're specifically worried about your personal privacy or
> > your computer's security, please take a look at my first post in this
> > thread, which explains that Google Software Update strictly complies
> > computer's security unharmed.
> > - Roman
> > On Dec 10, 4:48 am, knutoletube wrote:
> > > i dont want to uninstall my google earth plugin, i want to remove the
> > > "google software update" altogether! I DONT WANT IT! i dont even know
> > > HOW it got there - can you please tell me that? also, it wants to
> > > install "google talk plugin" - no, i dont want that either. another
> > > point - im no developer, but i follow the things on this page. what
> > > about all those who have no idea of computers at all, how are they
> > > supposed to find out about this? it was only today also, that there
> > > was any info available on the net - last week, nothing. im very
> > > disillusioned with google - whoever made this decision should take a
> > > chill-pill and just relax his overzealous self a bit...
> > > take care, and please clarify!
> > > On Dec 5, 1:28 am, Roman N wrote:
> > > > The new uninstallation procedure will be posted shortly to the FAQ.
> > > > Uninstallation now simply involves downloading the following disk
> > > > image and running the uninstaller:
> > > >http://earth-api-samples.googlecode.com/files/GoogleEarth-Plugin-Unin.
> > > > NOTE: This link is temporary. Eventually the uninstaller will be
> > > > packaged with the installer disk image.
> > > > The uninstaller removes the plugin files and unregisters them from
> > > > Google Software Update. As I mentioned earlier, if no other
> > > > applications use Google Software Update, it will remove itself after
> > > > about a day.
> > > > - Roman
> > > > On Dec 4, 2:03 pm, Roman N wrote:
> > > > > Hi Jeff, Barry,
> > > > > As David pointed out in the blog comments, the software update
> > > > > mechanism (Google Software Update) is almost entirely open sourced athttp://code.google.com/p/update-engine/andisinuseby
> > > > > products, including the Google Talk Plugin, Google App Engine
> > > > > Launcher, etc. No personal user information is exchanged at all; the
> > > > > with Google servers is also done over SSL to mitigate potential
> > > > > network security issues.
> > > > > I do agree that the documentation for plugin uninstallation is
> > > > > incomplete with regards to this update mechanism. We will be posting a
> > > > > new uninstallation procedure that unregisters the Earth plugin from
> > > > > Google Software Update. Once all applications are unregistered from
> > > > > Google Software Update, it waits for about one day to remove itself
> > > > > from the system.
> > > > > If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to post them
> > > > > here.
> > > > > - Roman
> > > > > On Dec 4, 11:34 am, Jeff Kelley wrote:
> > > > > > More info here:
> > > > > >http://blog.slaunchaman.com/2008/12/04/google-delivers-mac-google-ear.