This brings up an interesting point:
In fact, you cannot update, at least in Java and the .NET software, because this interferes with Trados.
It's possible but it's very hard to do it properly.
As I localize .Net applications, I have almost all .Net versions on my machine, patched and kicking.
Many restarts and a very strict installation procedure are needed.
I.e. first, you install 1.0 (restart), then the applications using the .Net 1.0 (restarts) and run 'em at least one time, then you patch the .Net (restart), run all the apps (restart) and you start with 1.1 etc.
As it coincides with all the standard Windows updates, it was a bloody mess before Win XP SP3, in fact I was unable to determine why it worked on one machine and the second one was unusable.
Now, it's easier, you install SP3 on a clean system, then all the .Nets.
It generally works now.
At the XP SP1/SP2 stage, it was a pain in the ass.
What then when you receive a security warning from Sun (for Java), or Microsoft for .NET? and they notify that a "critical security patch" (which is not necessarily a "patch", but which more than once is in fact a new installation) is needed?.
The latest cumulative .Net patch is almost 250 MB to download...
I have a patch missing for .NET, which popped up retroactively (after I rolled .NET back to the required version): Bulletin MS07-040, which is deemed critical (but which, in all fairness, according to Microsoft themselves, is a real minefield, plagued with lots of "issues", both during and after installation, so I will not install it, just in case, and not only for TRADOS performance): http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q928365
Generally, I prefer to patch immediately 'cause if you postpone the installation, some obcure dependencies may cause serious problems in the future.
E.g. the language packs for .Net 3.0 can't be installed if .Net 3.5 is already deployed.
Still, what about java?. And, are these the only ones with Trados?
XML core sevices (MSXML)
Internet Explorer (BTW. don't install IE8, AFAIK it breaks MultiTerm).
Too much eggs in one basket.
Don't install the Office Live add-in.
It may break the Trados/Multiterm templates for Word.
The fact that all of a sudden, you find that you can't edit an entry in multiterm and then find out that you must deactivate updates to java and roll back any you may have introduced is a BUG for Trados,
Trados (especially Multiterm) is the most shitty piece of software I ever paid.
and this should be fixed, sending the patch straight from SDL to everybody concerned, with an explanatory note.
First, I would prefer they start to code properly.
The Java programmers in SDL must be really stupid.
If one guy like Rodolfo Raya is able to make run his Swordfish on every Java version above 1.5, it should be possible to do it with Trados/Multiterm.
The same with .Net.
With DVX, you install .Net and MS Jet and you can forget it ever existed.
If you need more examples, no problem
This should be no problem: They know who has bought what (and spam you accordingly).
A good point.
But they prefer to write an article in the Knowledge base...
[Edited at 2009-02-08 12:28 GMT]