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That Flash Thing

In regards to that Flash thing. About it being the end and all. Read this.

Basically it's not over!

If you happen to spend your days on NG you'll barely notice a difference.

If you happen to spend your days elsewhere you might want to try Ruffle or SuperNova - or just click that link above to find ways to make Flash work just like it used to. No need for extraneous plugins... just a little configuration file replacement and/or other tricks.

Here's a nice read too. Somewhat relevant but mostly nostalgic.

Lettuce make sure Flash lives on forever now.

That Giant Robot On eBay

Ever wonder what happened to that giant robot on eBay?

A Minion And A Robot

This happened.

Yahoo Down

Yahoo Down

Well it was. No longer.

Tom Fulp On Flash & iPods

Flash will hopefully make some smart moves, so I think Flash has a bright future.

Tom Fulp, 2010, on the topic of Flash games running slow in iPhone. Oh how things changed since then...

I imagine in a few years we'll be hosting the site off an ipod.

Go read this old AMA if you want context. So much greatness. So much appreciation and inspiration.

May The Grounds live on for a hundred years and then some.

YouTube Video Upload Premieres

Can't people stop using these already?

I understand that they're supposed to be used to build up hype, but when everyone's using them... they break the hype factor. It becomes similar to how 'epic' is now used in sometimes the least epic contexts. How 'awesome' is just a general appraisal these days. How Americans stereotypically ask how you're doing without caring for the answer.

These premieres are starting to bother me.

On the one hand I am hyped that something new from one of the few amazing artists I follow is on route, but on the other I'd rather not even know it until it's out.

How do they want me to spend the time leading up to the premiere?

To constantly be thinking about that premiere, forsaking work and hobby in a nerve-wracking time of hype and turmoil before the great release?

Do they expect me to just see the promised timestamp and think: Oh nice! I'll tune in then!

Don't they think people skim through their subscriptions anyway whenever they have time to?

Don't they think people will be just as happy, and probably even more so surprised - and thus hopefully even more happy - if their material arrives spontaneously, without prior announcement at all?

It's interesting too how this premiering trend seems to have come in parallel to the one of not announcing anything in advance. Like Eminem's Kamikaze album. Amazing surprise. I like that method.

Everything that's announced often either:

1. Is announced too late, and the hype before said release feels rushed and insufficient.

2. Is announced too early, and other hype-inducing factors come along during the wait and distract you, or you grow tired or waiting and not as appreciative of the release as you might have been, OR the result doesn't match the hype and thus your appreciation further dwindles.

This 'premiere' feature somehow seems to be going against the grain. Against the trend (alright so maybe it's not a trend after all, I know I'm contradicting myself now). Against the psychological benefits of surprise versus no surprise, and wait verses no wait.

Is there any benefit at all, really?

Unless it's a one-time event that you need to schedule time for in advance or miss the ability to partake in at all. Like a live stream. Which ironically often seem to appear entirely at random, with very little or no prior notice at all, like the streamer just drops by at whatever moment they have a little time to spare on said stream.

Maybe I'm just following a certain clique of somewhat unorganized artists, but I feel like the value of organizing one-time events in advance isn't pointed out enough, and the potential disadvantage of scheduling random drops hasn't been brought up at all.

All these hype-inducing notifications for random media, often set just a day or two before the video actually drops...

Totally useless. Features YouTube shits.

Despair. Upload Premieres.

These end rhymes? Not great either. These here times.

No More Opera

Okay, that was the last straw.

Typed up a very satisfying PM response, was about to hit send but switched tabs real quick for some unknown and very unnecessary reason since I just felt a need to close that other one before I did (that'd probably be what they call OCD these days) and Opera crashed again.

Again!

Maybe seventh or eighth time the last three days.

It happens when I (I assume) am loading more content than my hardware can really handle - for example multiple YouTube videos or a large array of posts I need to edit.

Sometimes the browser boots up again with the tabs intact (but not any edits or responses I might have typed up before the crash), but sometimes nothing. Sometimes I need to both write and open things all over again.

And there's no easy 'open all recently closed tabs' alternative - at least not one that's available by default, so that's even more time spent going through sidebar history if I don't recall all I previously had open.

This new but very aggravating issue, along with how the browser still occasionally opens up tabs that just don't load - or rather now shows an elaborate error message on how the page wasn't available/couldn't be loaded, instead of loading endlessly as it did before - are the things that are ultimately making me swap browsers once again.

To Chrome. Alas. Might've been Chromium-based already but: Chrome.

I'm not a Google fan at this point, but unfortunately their browser is the only one that seems to function well enough on my current computer. I tried FireFox before, but it's too slow, so no dice. Gecko with current optimization won't do.

I've tried a few spin-off's too but lack of plugins and functionality and/or odd interface quirks had me skipping out pretty quick.

Instead of complicating things by plowing through a new selection of alternatives (Edge comes to mind - but that's Microsoft - same company that recently tried to so forcefully get users to upgrade to Windows 10 - and even more recently installed their new browser as a 'recommended system update' though it's really nothing other than bloatware if you actually have another - presumably better - browser installed - and most recently started aggressively blocking Flash - I won't forget these things you know) I'm going with the alternative one I have installed, and have previously only been using for work-related purpose, as it syncs up nicely between computers and lets me move between dues at home and office seamlessly.

FireFox does too of course but: those hardware issues.

Next step should hopefully be upgrading my computer, and so I'll be able to move back to my ideal choice, the one and only Mozilla masterpiece, but for now this is the way. The easy way. So all potential compromises considered: the only.

Opera: it was fun. For a moment. Alas you were complicated, your settings section wasn't ideal, your menu placement was somewhat confusing and I'm not a fan of the history/bookmarks/etc placement to the far left. Wish I could've changed you a bit more to my preference.

I do applaud the built-in VPN I never used. For all who do, it really is a big plus to you.

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