OS X: disable automatic updates to disable notifications

Apple, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that the company knows best when it comes to deciding how to inform us with notifications about application updates.

While there is a hidden option that enables users to hide certain updates (control-click the update inside the App Store to reveal a hidden “Hide Update” option) this does not work for all updates. For instance, I can hide a Safari update, but not Apple Numbers, Pages or Keynote.

For this reason I have now disabled automatic updates altogether. Smart way to mishandle your clients Apple! Another slice of arrogant Apple pie from a company which knows what’s best for its customers.

Instead I’ll set up a personal weekly reminder to run Software Update manually.