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Old 06-21-2010, 12:10 PM   #661
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But I have to admit, I wish Steve Jobs would eat some humble pie and allow support for Flash. I know he thinks he can do better (given the derogatory comments he made about Adobe), but it would be nice if it could happen in this lifetime (people have requested Flash support for 3+ years now).
There are some good reasons to kill Adobe Flash. True, iPhone/iPod/iPad users are out-of-luck trying to access many pages that rely on Flash (a mistake on the web designers part, IMO), but unless someone stands up to them, it won't go away.

Adobe Flash is proprietary, and Apple is dependent on Adobe to build the reader for OSX and the phone/iPod version of the OS. So far, Adobe has done a lousy job of it, and performance is not good. Once we move to open standards like we should, this isn't an issue. Everyone can build the tools they need and the best implementers (and their customers) win. HTML5 looks to be the answer.

Considering the demographic of the iPhone/iPad/iPod-Touch users, and the amount of traffic they generate, I'm surprised any website has any Flash on it at all today. Some even use it for the entire content of their home page - you can't even navigate anywhere on their site within w/o a Flash capable device.

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I wish Steve Jobs would eat some humble pie and allow support for Flash.
+1, Yes! Here, here!
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:23 PM   #663
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How many sites are you running into where you can't view content?

Supposedly many sites are setting up HTML5 versions when it detects iPhone/iPad visitors.

Or just creating apps. through which you can view video.

The main thing that Flash has now is DRM, so that people can't copy the videos from these sites. Beyond that, it's nothing.

BTW, Adobe has been promising Flash optimized for the ARM chip for years and they still haven't released it beyond a beta that few are testing. Supposedly second half of this year, Android will get it. Then we'll see if they delivered or it kills the batteries of these portable devices.
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Flash is awful on my regular laptop. If I have a page open with flash, it uses up 100% of the CPU even if the page is not doing anything! That really heats up the laptop.

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Flash is awful on my regular laptop. If I have a page open with flash, it uses up 100% of the CPU even if the page is not doing anything! That really heats up the laptop.

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The answer to your dilemma (assuming you are running FireFox):

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/433/

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Flashblock 1.5.13

Flashblock is an extension for the Mozilla, Firefox, and Netscape browsers that takes a pessimistic approach to dealing with Macromedia Flash content on a webpage and blocks ALL Flash content from loading. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content.
It's a beautiful thing.

And I'll add, people should be expressing their angst (and emailing them) at the web sites that carry proprietary content, not at Mr Jobs - they are the problem.

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And I'll add, people should be expressing their angst (and emailing them) at the web sites that carry proprietary content, not at Mr Jobs - they are the problem.

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I see. The user is always wrong and Steve Jobs is always right.
Fine. Then I'll stop posting on Apple-related threads.
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I see. The user is always wrong and Steve Jobs is always right.
Fine. Then I'll stop posting on Apple-related threads.
I didn't say Jobs is always right. I could start a thread a mile long about the things that I think are wrong in Apple products today. Some of them are so obviously stupid, they never should have got out the door to begin with, they should not need 'fixing'.

But I think he is right in this case. Any content that we need to transfer should be based on open standards. I think that is universally true. I don't care who says it. It's still true. True is true, funny thing about truth.

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ClickToFlash is also a good plugin for Safari and other browsers.

It won't load Flash by default but if you do want to view Flash content, you just click on the Flash object you want on the page.
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So is it holding up after a couple of months?

It is really wonderful. Use it a lot. It has sort of ended up as a household device even though I intend it to be. My son and daughter will borrow it to read books (Kindle), watch videos (netflix), listen to music (Pandora) or play games (scrabble).

It is one of those devices that really does change what you do. Certain videos and web surfing that I would do on computer I know sit in a comfortable recliner and use the iPad. It is also very handy when out and about if you need to look up something on the internet.

It would be nice for it to have a camera.

I have yet to experience much (any) difficulty in going to the webpages I want to go to and seeing the content I want to see. I'm sure I'll run into something where lack of flash will be an issue but hasn't been so far. I think there was only one page I went to where I couldn't view something.
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Apple Announces Three Million iPads Sold in 80 Days - Mac Rumors
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Finally a solution to make your iPad more computery.

ClamCase Turns Your iPad Into A Laptop

A case with a keyboard. Add some USB ports and a webcam and you're talking business!
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Gourmet for geeks. Kewl!
Gourmet Magazine Revived for the iPad - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
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Here I am using my iPad!

That's me leaning against the back wall in our covered parking area, surfing the web while some guys are cutting our new carpet for install.



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Showing off for the beefcake construction workers?
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Finally a solution to make your iPad more computery.

ClamCase Turns Your iPad Into A Laptop

A case with a keyboard. Add some USB ports and a webcam and you're talking business!
Hehe, I think they are doing quite well at 'business' selling 3 million so far
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Showing off for the beefcake construction workers?
Nope! They weren't paying any attention to me. And they weren't beefcake either!

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Amazon adds video to some Kindle books so that this content can be viewed on their app.. for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

So either they plan to drop Kindle hardware or come out with hardware which has a color screen and can play back video.
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Not necessarily. They may simply be offering books with the goodies the other readers can use, in order for their books to better compete with books from other companies.
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I finally used the iPad in the kitchen yesterday, propped upright to display my recipe. The updated iTunes lets you drag over a PDF (drop it on the iTunes app icon) and then it shows up in the "books" section where you can download it to your iPad and use the iBooks app to view it. So now I have my own personal cookbook on my iPad which is very handy! Love it!

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Or you could install Epicurious, a free app. which apparently has recipes from users who submit them.

There is also a Betty Crocker app. which is popular but I don't know if it's free.
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