You tell us: How is the lack of Java affecting you?

Summary:You folks are the heartbeat of the IT and tech communities. Let us know how the lack of Java is affecting you.

One of our older PCs was recently updated, and as part of the update, the video drivers got zorched. When I went to fix it, I realized that I didn't know what NVIDIA chipset was on the motherboard.

In this situation, my normal course of action is to be lazy: let the NVIDIA configuration tool figure out what's on the board and pick the right drivers. However, as part of the whole US Department of Homeland Security warning to disable Java kerfuffle, Java was disabled on this machine.

The NVIDIA configuration tool requires Java and recommended that I install it. Rather than doing so, I bit the bullet and actually figured out the chipset by (are you ready for this?) reading the documentation. I installed the driver and all went well.

But as I was waited for the driver to complete the install, I wondered about Java. That prompted this article and my shout out to all of you.

Please tell us, in the comments section below whether you've disabled Java per recommendations. If you haven't, why not? If you have disabled Java, have you run into any inconveniences? Have you even noticed it? Has the lack of Java been an issue for you? You folks are the heartbeat of the IT and tech communities. Let us know how the lack of Java is affecting you.

Topics: Oracle, Security


In addition to hosting the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs, CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz is an author, U.S. policy advisor and computer scientist. He is featured in The History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets, is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts, and is a top expert on savi... Full Bio

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