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July 21st, 2005
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From:majes
Date:July 22nd, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
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My new Dell had this on it. It's not much different from the Microsoft OS update feature (which is, by and large, a good thing to have going). However, resource-wise, it's foot print in memory has been tiny, and I've not seen it causing the machine to churn. The virus protection software does, sometimes, but that is the nature of the beast.

IT departments don't like these kinds of things because they often times can't have certain things upgrade or changed due to specific requirements of their network clients or specialty apps. Home users, however, generally are better off being on the most recent version of the drivers and the most up to date system patches. It also pops up with messages that can confuse certain classes of users, which generate unnecessary support calls. However, I have not observed that this is some kind of lurking evil or any such thing.

Disclaimer: Keep in mind, you are getting tech advice from a person who doesn't think that the Microsoft headquarters should be stormed by torch-and-pitch-fork-bearing linux users, who will destroy the campus and cut the heads off of all the executives. There are plenty of other folks who can offer you advice who are from that camp.
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