I've mentioned previously that I'm a big fan of Secunia's Online Software Inspector for rooting out old buggy software on a Windows computer. Although it's not perfect, Windows users are much better off with it than without it. But there are two recent issues.
One long-standing issue is that OSI is a Java applet and Secunia could do a better job of making new users aware of the Java requirement--not only what Java is, but also the required version and the currently installed version.
What's new about Java is that the necessary version has been updated.
As I write this, Secunia's FAQ says Java version 1.5.0_12 or later is needed, while its system requirements page says that Java 1.6.x or later is needed. I discovered the hard way that the system requirements page is correct.
As part of installing the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player, I tried to run a Secunia scan on a system with Java version 1.5.0_15, only to have it fail in a new way. After trying to load Java 50 times, it gave up and issued the error below.
I can only assume this has something to do with the Online Software Inspector update on October 16.
So, what version of Java, if any, is installed on your computer? See my www.javatester.org Web site.
The other problem with Secunia's OSI is that it is behind the times on the Adobe Flash Player.*
I'm sure Secunia will get up to speed on the Flash Player soon. Its Online Software Inspector is still a very valuable service, and the new version seems to run much faster than the old one (even though it can't count to two--see screenshot below).