Yes, I’m a huge flash hater. Flash has no place on the iPhone, I’m happy that it’s not on the iPad, and I really hope that it’s phased out of the desktop in the next few years. Flash eats resources, slows computers, drains batteries, and causes my fans to spin!
- It disables flash throughout your browser
- Pages load much faster, and it blocks out many ads
- You can click on any flash element to activate it instantly
- Youtube videos are replaced by quicktime players with higher quality mp4 videos
My browsing experienced is much better. I’m a huge fan. So why are people so obsessed with flash? Flash is commonly found in three different forms:
1. Actually website design. This is horrible, and being phased out. You should AJAX your site, use CSS3, HTML5, and other techniques to make your sites smooth, and fast. Flash is no longer necessary. If I go to a site implemented in flash, it feels like going to a site with Java on it. Remember those days? Load times, can’t copy text, no bookmarking. No thanks.
2. Video. Yes, most online video is played in flash. But I am very confident that this will not be the case in a year or two, especially given HTML5 has built in support for video playback. Most online video (including Posterous video) is encoded in h.264 mp4 files. These don’t need flash to play. These play just fine on the desktop and on mobile platforms in quicktime.
3. Games. You still need flash for web based games. But I don’t play games so I don’t really understand that user base. Seems like it’s a pretty small minority, and they can install the plugin if they need it.
Flash on the web is like the floppy disk. In 1998, the floppy’s days were numbered. But it took a company like Apple to drive a nail into the coffin. Only Apple has the balls to stop supporting old standards and let the industry move forward. “Sorry guys, we aren’t supporting flash. It stinks.”