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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.

Read on...

WordPress 5.6 & jQuery Madness

So I ran into some new techknow issues yesterday.

I was planning to just post these two lengthy rambles, but realized on the post screen that I couldn't add the dream tag to one of the posts, and so I started looking for the solution; went down a rabbithole of what seems to be pretty bad planning/development in regards to one particular; supposedly somewhat problematic script library that at this point has been used by WP developers a long long time. But back to my WP-related story...

I'd noticed earlier I couldn't collapse the accordion boxes on the main admin panel, but didn't pay it much mind then. Thought it was a temporary thing. But after not being able to edit the post tag I noticed they didn't work on the edit screen either.

I recalled there'd been a WP update recently, and so I searched for possible issues with it. Others did have the same issue with the post editor, but no solutions.

Surely more people had this problem? It seemed to be directly related to the Classic Editor. Maintained by WP staff. If any plugin should be thoroughly tested and absolutely compatible with a new release it should be that, right? Plus it's a plugin currently relied on by five million active users.

Almost seems like they're trying to move people over to Gutenburg while they're at it hmm. That can't be can it?

I kept looking, and as it turns out this is the issue. Few more links.

Basically an old version of jQuery's being deprecated. As WordFence note the timeline's been as follows:

5.5: Remove the jQuery Migrate 1.x script. (August 2020)
5.6: Update to the latest jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Migrate scripts. (December 2020)
5.7: Remove the jQuery Migrate script. (March 2021)

The migration helper plugin came early, to let developers start preparing their plugins and themes for the change, then 5.5 came with a temporary workaround that still ran the old jQuery library where it was needed, and now with 5.6 it's removed entirely. Without notice!

I read through the update notes each time there is a major update, but I did not see anything about this. If it was there it was a minor and not particularly well-highlighted item, yet it's an item that's apparently broken plenty of sites with the latest update. Just search for 'WordPress 5.6 breaks' and you'll get roughly a million results on Google.

Not all relevant probably, but at least the first few pages.

Upon searching the plugin database I found the plugin I should have apparently been aware of two versions ago: this one. I installed it as a temporary fix; hoping to in time sort out any potential issues, but the plugin displays a big notice on every page of the dashboard that can't be removed, a red box in the admin bar, and logs errors automatically no matter how much you try to mute or hide those notifications.

No way I can write these things in peace with this thing doing it's thing, and especially when it throws out errors related to core files, not just the tidbits of code I've personally included. It doesn't feel like they prepared for this at all. The obligatory log unnecessarily bogs down the site too.

Temporarily reverting to the old jQuery library via the helper plugin did fix my post editing issue though - and accordion menu issue - and maybe other similar issues I wasn't even aware of yet.

I just needed to find a way to hide those notices, but StackOverflow didn't seem to have the ideal fix, nor did this CSS thing work. Editing the theme files worked partially, until my site didn't load at all. Fatal Error.

So I deleted that migrate helper nuisance and tried this.

Only problem: It didn't work properly without the migrate helper plugin.

...

If you're looking for alternative plugins don't confuse the jquery migrate helper plugin with the ones that actually remove the migration functionality entirely btw, like this. That'll just make the situation worse if your site isn't already 100% up-to-standard.

This was all turning into a bigger headache than I wanted though, so I decided to simply downgrade the site, and thus I found this. Fantastic. I reverted back a version, and I think I'll stay there a while until at least official WP staff manage to fix the compatibility issues with their own plugins. You might find this useful too btw.

WordPress 5.5.3

Problem solved.

I don't mean to crack down on WP too much here. I know security keeps improving, and all code is meant to be actively developed and maintained, so eventually the old jQuery shall have to go. But I do believe they could've handled this a bit more smoothly. Like: let me know somehow. Give me a notice on compatibility issues before things just stop working.

And I really hope they're not planning to drop the Classic Editor. I gave the new a chance and did not like it. Not everyone wants to join the revolution after all, and Gutenberg - as it currently is - unfortunately does not at all suit my palette when it comes to a good usability revolution.

You know, classics are usually classics for a reason.

Flipsampler

Flipsampler Hype

I don't even have an iPhone but for the first time ever I am somewhat thinking about getting one. Let's see how much this gets priced at first...

The New Gmail Logo 2020

The New Gmail Logo 2020

Remember last time they changed this?

The new one... it's going to take some getting used to.

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