• Flash & Flash Cookies

    I've been meaning to write something up about Flash cookies for awhile now, but I just found this article that sums the problem nicely:

    John Graham-Cumming: What's wrong with Flash Cookies?

    I hate Flash. As far as I'm concerned, it's too buggy, it's too crashy, and it hides too much of what it is doing from the user. It's mainly used by advertisements anyway. I'll be very glad when HTML5 is at the point where it can wipe Flash off the face of the planet. Flash for me is similar in many respects to the old ActiveX and Java applets we had to endure in the late 90s early 2000s.

    When I install a browser, one of the first plugins I install is Flashblock:
    Flashblock for Firefox
    Flashblock for Chrome

    Flash lets ME decide when I want Flash. If Flash is on a page, it just shows a "play" button, so I can just hit play if I want to see the Flash. Usually, I don't, and it helps my browsers run faster and makes them more stable. Soon, we'll be free of Flash forever (I hope).
    This article was originally published in blog: Flash & Flash Cookies started by Osc
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    1. arraknid's Avatar
      arraknid -
      I hope not! I always use Flash to build websites!! More dynamic, more animated and often much smaller file size. Also plays exactly the same in all browsers.

      HTML5 will be better than HTML4, but I doubt it'll replace Flash. From what I've seen of the Canvas option, it has some way to go before it can match the output of a well-designed Flash site.

      And javascript versus actionscript? I'll take the latter any time.

      I'm sure I read somewhere that Flash causes most crashes on Mac systems, and that the IPad has a lot of problems with Flash too. But that's inevitable when Apple choose to go their own way.