Why Java sucks!

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, I’m sure I’m going to step on some toes with this post and the title is bound to draw some flaming comments from Java nuts… oh well… 

As I had noted before, I love my ReplayTV.

Best of all, I love DVArchive!

DVArchive allows me to use my data server on my home network to store shows.

Now I’ve already upgraded my ReplayTV‘s from 40 hours to 640 hours, but using my 3 TB data server to store shows just adds that much more kick to it don’t you think.

Anyway, I had been using the 3.1 version of DVArchive(released July 19th, 2004) until recently.

My motto with equipment running in a closed environment such as my network for the ReplayTV‘s andDVArchive, is simply the age old saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”.

As a result, even though the stupid Java tray icon kept telling me there were newer versions of Java to download and install, I just ignored it.  Why should I install it… everything works…


Now this is why I say Java sucks… the other day, DVArchive simply refused to launch after a reboot.  I have it setup to startup automatically after a reboot.  It turned out that Java was now getting a little cocky and was demanding to install the latest version to upgrade my 1.4.xx version to 1.6.xx.  Huh?  Since when does a software company tell me what I can and cannot run on my machine?! 


After I calmed down from the insult of being forced to download the new Java WHICH I DID NOT WANT, I relented as not having my DVArchive was quite simply not an option.  So I proceeded to download the newest version of Java and install it.  Reboot my machine and (you know where I’m going with this don’t you! ) what do you know… now my DVArchive STILL won’t launch! 


Luckily for me, there was a new version (3.2) of DVArchive that was released on July 12th, 2006 which does support the newer versions of Java.  It can be downloaded here.  What made me mad was the fact that Java simply refused to run the 1.4 version any longer until I installed the 1.6 version.  It makes no sense and that is why I say Java sucks!

OK, let the flaming begin…





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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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