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Adobe, How Do I Hate Thee?

Let me count the ways.

I wasn’t going to say anything when I upgraded to Adobe Reader 8.1 on my PC at work when I had to restart. (What’s that about? Grr.) Even though this insult came after the “Download Manager” on Adobe’s site crashed Firefox1 over and over again—until I threw in the towel and switched to Internet Explorer.

But just now I was wondering why my Mac laptop was so warm. Could it be because Adobe Updater launched in the background, couldn’t find an Internet connection (Hellooooo! I'm on the train!) and is now “Waiting for Connection” (apparently forever?), meanwhile using about 50-plus percent CPU doing almost nothing. Which is worse, the apparent lack of a timeout while waiting for a connection, or the radical CPU usage? Decisions, decisions. Obviously Adobe makes some great software, which makes this lapse all the more inexplicable and frustrating.

 

1 Steps to reproduce:

  1. On the home page, click the Get Adobe Reader button.
  2. Click Download Adobe Reader button (you might have to add adobe.com to the list of sites allowed popups).
  3. Watch Firefox crash. Works On My Machine™ at least.

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