Flash Reduced Diet #2

June 22, 2009 at 15:32 | Posted in Tech | 1 Comment
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About a month ago I started my Flash Reduced diet. I must say, it’s a month on, and I am really enjoying the current state of affairs. Gnash although not perfect, renders what it does render well. As I mentioned in my previous post gives a lot more control to the user, including automatically saving video. I enjoy knowing that all LSO’s are going straight to /dev/null/ now (for the non Linux users in the crowd that is a black hole from which nothing returns). I’ve yet to play with the whitelist/Blacklist. I definitely would recommend Gnash to anyone looking for a Flash alternative or just looking to have a Flash reduced diet.

I am still pondering going totally Flash Free.. but as that would break a lot of sites I’m not (quite) there yet.

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Flash reduced diet.

May 26, 2009 at 17:14 | Posted in Life | 3 Comments
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I realized today that I no longer required Flash for video conferencing (had a friend that wasn’t on Skype until recently). And thus I now had the chance to loose a huge proprietary blob from my nice open source system. So out goes Adobe Flash 10 and in goes Gnash.

Today is the first day of living with a Flash reduced diet on my main delaptop (laptop that sits on my desk all day). I have learnt from using my OLPC XO as my main mobile computer that life can go on just fine sans Flash. However after removing Flash from my main delaptop I find myself wondering how much my productivity will increase now that I will be less distracted by cute videos and the like. I’m not talking about ads they don’t exist on my systems thanks to things like “Adblock Plus“. I’m talking about all the “check out this cool vid..” and “Isn’t this cute (Flash animation)” that us netizens are bombarded with daily.

I can already feel myself being more focused.

Other benefits of installing Gnash. I have a LOT more control over privacy, and a lot more control over the Flash content that I do choose to watch.

I understand that a Flash reduced diet isn’t for everyone. It breaks a lot of the stuff on the web because Flash is way over used. That, however, is one of the reasons I rail against it. I hate being railroaded into using some proprietary thing just because it is popular with the masses, or because it make web 2.0 development fast and easy, and lets admit it one of the large reasons for Flash adoption is so companies can pollute your system with LSO’s which most people don’t know about or how to get rid of. Because in the eyes of companies deploying Flash.. Track you they must.

Site of the Week #4

April 5, 2008 at 11:34 | Posted in Cool, Life, site of the week | Comments Off on Site of the Week #4
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This weeks site of the week is:

The Story of Stuff

This is a wonderful site that has a 20 min documentary on our culture of Conspicuous Consumption, how it is an un-sustainable model, and things that can be done to change it. It is, in my opinion, a very important message, and also well worth the time.

So, enjoy watching “The Story of Stuff

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