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Dear Flash

We've had a complicated relationship. In the early days it was great - you made the web better, and you brought about games and videos that couldn't be done in any other way. Well, I spent some time hanging out with RealPlayer, which was pretty good when I had dialup and I could listen to foreign radio stations. Those were good days. But RealPlayer gained weight and became annoying.

Yet Flash, you felt fresh and lively. I was so used to waiting aeons for Java applets to load, and their interfaces would be sluggish and rubbish. You loaded in a matter of seconds, you ran really quickly and I barely even noticed you were there.

But something changed. You changed, Flash. I don't know when it started, but I just can't continue our relationship today. You crash all the time, you're big and bloated, and you seem to have no interest in improving yourself. You have thousands of engineers working on you, and yet you just seem to get more jittery, more crash prone, more annoying.

So it's time for me to say goodbye. I just can't take another "This plugin has crashed: Shockwave Flash" message in Chromium. It hurts me. I won't kick you out of my life completely - we can see each other if we absolutely need to, but FlashBlock will put some healthy distance between us.

Farewell, Flash. You had your chance. But you're not the future.


Your comments

Chakra install

I never even sat up Flash after installing Chakra and honestly, I haven't missed it. I don't watch YouTube vidoes and neither do I play web/flash games so I figured: -let's try without flash.

Rekonq seems even speedier than on Kubuntu, with flash, so yeah; Flash is dead to me, not only FlashBlocked :)

Seems to me more and more

Seems to me more and more pages are loaded with Flash ads, spiking CPU usage near 100% on mainstream PC's, destroying perfromance and browsing responsiveness more than 'enriching' the experience.

Flash has become junk

Dear Adobe,

Flash is a pile of smelly stuff. It eats CPU power like no other even on a dual core processor (Full AVC HD video does not use that much CPU!!). It easily crashes a browser or starts consuming loads of CPU for no reason at all and locks up the browser. The most recent version has moved the cache file from /tmp to who the hell knows where so you can't administer the system any more - now created a much bigger security risk, all to hide were the flash videos from websites like Youtube download to. And you are a security risk.

Basically, you've become what Real Player became to internet users.

I'd like to say things will improve, but "standards compliant" Internet Explorer 9 STILL does not do HTML5 video, so I can't dump the Flash junk. How come every other browser understands the HTML5 video tag?

Worst of all, anyone that wants a website also asks how about making some flash adverts!! First they ask for a very fast website, then they want to slow it all back down again by adding Flash. Arrggh!

Oh yeah, and despite having a large workforce, how long does it take you to make a 64 bit version of a plug-in?

dvd 164 july 2011

i BOUGHT A COPY OF LINUXFORMAT 164 FROM A RETAILER STORE AT SASOLBURG SOUTH AFRICA . THE DISK READING ERROR WHEN SURF.TRI TO BOOT FROM DISK IT RESPOND WITH A ERROR.TAKE IT BACK TO THE RETAIL THEY CHANGE THE DISK .AT HOME I WAS SUPRISE TO FIND THAT THE DISK WAS STICK TO THE PAPER COVER.AFTER A WHILE I GET THE DISK OUT CLEAN OFF THE PAPER STICKING TO THE LENS.BOOT DISK FROM MY DVD ROM STILL READING ERROR WHEN BOOT UBUNTU 11.04.TRY TO SURF THE DISK FROM MY UBUNTU PC THE SYSTEM CANT OPEN FILES. BUY A NEW DVD DRIVE 280 RAND INSTALL IT AND BOOT THE DISK STILL THE SAME ERROR.THEIR ARE TWO THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGE FROM LINUXFORMAT REINSTATE THE PLACTIC DVD CASE AND MAKE SOURE THE DISK ARE NOT STILL HOT WHEN THEY INSERT IT IN THE COVER

I use it, well, sort of, ish

I'll be honest, I turn it off and on using the the add-ons section of firefox; which is good now I don't have to restart the browser. The only thing it is turned on for is the Doctor Who and F1 pages on the BBC website, other than that it doesn't get a look in.

gnash anyone?

Mike, have you tried gnash recently? I see you Hot-Picked it 5 years ago in LXF 80. I am about to give it a go but wonder if anyone else has tried it recently. And if so, did you succeed in persuading chrome to use it instead of Adobe Flash?

Is Opera any faster with

Is Opera any faster with Flash? I have used it since 2006 and its not always been perfect but recent versions have given good performance.

Flashblock

The only three 'must have' extensions for Firefox (well, I'm a Debian user so Iceweasel) are Adblock, en_GB dictionary, and Flashblock. Why can't flash just... die?

By the way, comment 'dvd 164 july 2011' is the greatest thing I've read on the world wide interweb.



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