Java is a popular programming language that is used to run a variety of software applications and programs. The beauty of Java, is that it allows software developers to write programs that can be run on a variety of Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Java has come under fire in recent years as being not very secure. Most of the reported issues, however, are with the browser add-on (used to run applets) and don’t affect desktop applications (see my blog post titled: How does Java Security Flaw affect Desktop Applications, for more information). Having said that, Java, like any other software, receives periodic updates to fix potential security and other issues, and so it is important to keep your Java version up to date.
For many, especially those with kids heading back to school, September is the start of a new year, and as such can inspire you to do a bit of tidying and organizing. In addition to tidying your home, you should also consider the often forgotten job of tidying up your computer.
This is the third part in my series, on giving recommendations for free software, that every PC should have. In Part 1, I wrote about security software, in Part 2, I wrote about productivity software; in this article I will gives suggestions on software that keep your computer running smoothly.