I just updated Adobe Flash on my system to the new version. In IE8, they have made it *extremely* annoying. First it downloads and runs a new ActiveX control called "NOS Microsystems getPlus ActiveX Control 1.x" which it also calls "Adobe DLM" for DownLoad Manager, no doubt. Then this wonderful download manager handles the herculean task of downloading one tiny little 2MB file, the flash player itself. This takes all of about 4 seconds. Thanks, Adobe DLM! It might have taken twice as long to download this file without you. Of course, we did spend more than an extra 4 seconds dealing with the download of the DLM itself, so the net gain is negative.
When adding this pointless middle-man software, Adobe acted stupidly. I was so glad to be rid of that annoying, bloated Adobe Reader in favor of Foxit. Now, I am looking forward to the day when everyone replaces Adobe Flash with something less annoying. Maybe HTML5 will be the replacement.