Earlier today, I tried to open a PDF[Portable Document Format] file, and my installation of Acrobat Reader warned me that the file utilized features that might not work properly in this version of Acrobat Reader, and it encouraged me to update. Fair enough, since the installation I was running probably was a year old.
I then visited Adobe’s web site and downloaded the new, renamed, and hopefully improved Adobe Reader 6.0.
Well. It turns out “improved” is a gross overstatement, at least as far as the installer goes. This was not on my primary PC, but on a PIII-500 with 128MB of memory, which is good enough for most everyday tasks.
I started the installer, and was met by an installer that was “Recomposing” the Adobe Reader setup program? Without any option to cancel. I waited for a few seconds, then decided to do something else while it finished. Which proved to be next to impossible, as this uncancellable “recomposing” of the software ate all of my CPU cycles, along with all of the available physical memory.
“Ok. No computing for the 30 more seconds this should have taken”, I thought, and went to the fridge to get a yoghurt. I went to the fridge, back to the computer, ate my yoghurt, and I was still looking at the “Netopsystems FEAD Optimizer” doing the mysterious “Recomposing” the Acrobat 6.0 setup program.
So, finally, after spending 6.5 minutes of waiting for this mysterious “Recomposing”, the installer launched. Which was another 30 seconds of staring at a “Progress” bar.
And then the installer finally launched. Whoever it was that decided to then torment me by forcing me to click through no less than *four* “Next” items in a wizard, where the only useful options was changing the install path, on the third screen, before actually installing anything, should have his ^1^ computing priveleges permanently withdrawn.
Oh, and by the way, the last paragraph I wrote was written without any sort of screen feedback, as I decided to relaunch the installer program to actually confirm that it took that long to launch. Which brings up yet another pet hate: It is actually fine by me that you try to confirm that I really want to cancel an operation, and quit the installer, but when I have confirmed that I want to cancel and quit, I actually expect the damn application to cancel and quit, not just cancel and point me to yet another wizard screen where the only option I have is clicking “Finish”.
^ I’m presuming only a male could come up with an installer this insanely stupid.^