Living Without Flash, pt. II

Be the change you want to see in the world.

-Mahatma Gandhi

A while back I wrote an entry on how to live without Flash installed on your Mac, and it remains relatively popular. The method I put forth includes keeping Google Chrome around to visit websites which absolutely require Flash, since Chrome has a self-contained version of the plugin. As of today, I’m taking back what I said. Don’t keep Chrome around, stick with Safari, and quit viewing Flash content altogether. Allow me to explain.

I don’t use my Mac very often because of my iOS devices. But every day I do, I notice myself reverting to Google Chrome once or twice. Every time I do, my Mac becomes a foldable grill, and the fans spin at full speed. Enough is enough. I’m quitting Flash for good, and I recommend you do the same, even if your problem isn’t as heated as mine.

If you want to see the web in HTML5, you have to start by showing content creators that you can’t see their content. Only then will content creators move away from Flash development, since they want you to see their content. Every lost viewer is an unaffordable loss, and your voice absolutely matters. If you continue reverting to Google Chrome to view Flash content, you’re letting them win. If you want to see the world change, you have to change first. It will be hard, it will be painful, but you have to do it.

And if an associate wants to show you something, but it’s in Flash, you can’t give in. If they really want you to see that content, they will deliver it to you in a standards-friendly format. They will kick and scream to no end, but this is what you say.

If you don’t like it, then tough titties you ass turd monkey fucker!

-Steve Coogan

Don’t stay behind because others don’t want to move forward, and you will win in the end.

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